Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor is a PhD candidate in the School of Education. An interdisciplinary social scientist and ethnographer, she studies youth identity formation and political development; sociocultural approaches to language, literacies, and learning across in-person and digital spaces; and interconnections between local and global structures of oppression and resistance.

Alice’s dissertation is a study of youth movements that rose in the past decade in Brazil. It asks how youth navigate and articulate plural struggles of feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, public education, and climate justice. In doing so, it examines how youth mobilize language, learning, literacy, and digital practices, and how these practices shape their collective action. The research takes a multi-sited ethnographic design (2018-2022) particularly across movement spaces in Brazil where she lived for seven years before coming to Berkeley.

She began working on community health research in urban areas of Los Angeles, where promotoras de salud and volunteering in public radio introduced her to research and activism. She is committed to engaged forms of scholarship and in collaborating in and across the Americas. Alice is affiliated with research groups at UFRJ, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been supported by fellowships such as the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays. She has taught courses in Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Geography/Global Studies. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish and is a graduate affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies. Alice holds a master’s in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Specializations and Interests

education and social movements; critical studies of race, class, and gender; youth studies; qualitative research methodologies/ethnography; nonformal/ informal educational practices (digital, learning, literacy); education in transnational/global contexts and the United States.

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MA, Tufts University