702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
Intersex; Disorders of Sex Development; Race and Gender; Intersectionality
Alishia's research focuses on intersex with a race, class, and gender intersectional framework. For her dissertation, Intersecting Intersex: A Qualitative Analysis of Intersexuality and Race, she is using in-depth interviews with intersex Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to learn more about their lived experiences in the United States.
2020, M.A., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013, M.A., Journalism, DePaul University
2011, B.A., Journalism, Webster University
Awards and Honors
Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship (2016- 19)
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship (2019- Present)
Spring 2020, 2021: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociology
Fall 2020: Head Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociology
Fall 2019: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociology
Additional Campus Affiliations
TRIO McNair Program, Program Assistant
Summer Predoctoral Institute (SPI), Coordinator
Alexander, Alishia. and Vargas, Gabriela E. (2021). “Reflections on Supporting Incoming Graduate Students of Color During a Double Pandemic.” Journal of Higher Education Management.
Alexander, Alishia. (2021). Intersexuality. In A. Goldberg, & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The sage encyclopedia of trans studies (Vol. 1, pp. 449-453).
Alexander, Alishia. (2021). Intersex Society of North America. In A. Goldberg, & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The sage encyclopedia of trans studies (Vol. 1, pp. 448-448).
Lassiter, J. M., Follins, L. D., Smallwood, S. W., Wilton, L., Alexander, A., & Wall, S. S. (2020). Black U.S. sexual and gender minority mental health. In E. D. Rothblum (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health (pp. 175-185). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.