Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. She is pursuing a designated emphasis in the department of Gender and Women’s studies. Her research interests include: (1) education and social movements; (2) critical studies of race, class, and gender, and youth studies; and (3) qualitative and especially ethnographic research methodologies.

Alice’s dissertation analyzes the unprecedented rise of youth movements in the past decade in Brazil and amidst transnational influences such as Occupy, Indignados, and Black Lives Matter. It examines how youth mobilize learning, literacy, and digital practices, and how these practices shape their struggles to defend public education. The research asks when and why young Brazilians organize as ‘youth’ as they navigate multiple political, feminist, and race-based collective identities. It takes place in digital spaces and primarily in Brazil where she lived for seven years before coming to Berkeley.

Alice has been a qualitative researcher on projects addressing inequalities related to education, health, and gender since 2002. She began working on community health research in urban areas of Los Angeles, where promotoras de salud (and volunteering with public radio) introduced her to research, activism, and social change. Alice holds a master’s in International Affairs (2010) from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Alice is committed to engaged forms of scholarship, education, and activism, and in collaborating in and across the Americas. She is affiliated with two research groups at UFRJ, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hays, and UC Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender; CLAS-Tinker Grant; and The Human Rights Center. Alice has enjoyed being a graduate student instructor in the Education; Gender & Women’s Studies; and Geography/Global Studies departments. She speaks English; Portuguese; and Spanish.

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.


M.A., International Affairs, Tufts University