Sociocultural Anthropology, Puerto Rican Studies, Social Movements, Education, Media
Alessandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2004, she graduated with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Interpersonal and Multicultural Communications, with minors in Psychology and Spanish Literature. Subsequently, she completed a postgraduate degree at the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain in Economy and Marketing, followed by a Master’s degree at FIU in Advertising and Public Relations. As she began her doctoral studies at FIU in Sociocultural Anthropology, she focused her attention on Puerto Rican issues and later joined the Puerto Rican non-profit organization called Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA). In 2011, she was the director of the summer program, Programa de Apoderamiento y Retención de Agentes de Cambio (PARACa).
Her current research interests center on Puerto Rican studies, with emphasis on social movements, education, national identity and discourses. She is particularly interested in how these intersect and are manifested in the media. At the present, she is conducting her dissertation on the 2010-2011 University of Puerto Rico student strikes and their implications.
Here are some photos of her research that highlight some of the different strategies of resistance that the students used: