Academic Bio

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and BA in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. She is a Assistant Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York. Her intellectual work focuses on race & politics, urban politics and political behavior, with broad specialties in American Politics and Political Theory. Her manuscript in progress argues that in order to accurately capture the political engagement of women living in poverty, a fundamental expansion and redefinition of what is considered, “political” is needed

Dr. Moffett-Bateau has won multiple grants and fellowships for her work on poverty and political behavior. Most recently Alexandra was a University Postdoctoral Fellow in the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Moffett-Bateau was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UConn as a part of the Collaborative for Equity Through Research on Women and Girl’s of Color. In 2014 the City University of New York awarded her the Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, The Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Award and she was a 2015-2016 Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Fellow. Prior to her arrival in New York she was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia Carter G. Woodson Center.

Her academic work was recently published in the anthology Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture.

Alexandra’s research agenda is centrally concerned with the external forces that shape individual political capacity. Specifically, she is invested in thinking about how the intersections of race, class and gender can make populations especially vulnerable to the spaces they live in, the conditions within which they work and the actions of local government actors in their neighborhoods and cities. The sum total of Alexandra’s work argues that spatial and governmental realities can have a significant impact on the extent to which an individual can imagine political possibilities for herself or others. Environments that are violent, isolated and toxic, all function to limit the citizenship development of citizens in a way that is troubling to the functioning of democracy in the United States.

Her commentary and analyses have been featured in RH Reality Check, The Feminist Wire, and Rooflines.

In addition to her political work, Alexandra volunteers for grassroots’ organizations committed to social justice. Using her experience as a researcher and writer, Alexandra works to support organizations in their outreach to local communities.

Updated June 2017

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau’s Curriculum Vitae can be accessed via this link: CV 2016