Expertise: Jewish History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Expertise: American Politics, Political Behavior, Political Socialization, Public Opinion, Women and Politics, Research Methods
Expertise: Culture Theory, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Gender Theory, Nonheternormative Sexualities, Fandom and Fan Identity, Agency and Identity, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of the Body, Intentional Communities, Consciously Created Culture, Folklore, Magical Practice
Alix is currently finishing her PhD in American Studies with a concentration on Islam and gender in post-9/11 Euro-America. She has degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London; the University of Exeter; and the College of William & Mary. Her past research centered on literary criticism of postcolonial Maghreb literature through the work of Assia Djebar and using the framework of zina (adultery) as a framework for analysis and the early origins of the performance of Islam and gender and codeswitching in 19th century America. Her current research focuses on sites of identity development in millennial Muslim women through the Islamic State (IS) and other mechanisms of terror and virtual communities of gendered identities. Her publications appear in a variety of mediums including through Oxford Islamic Studies, Brill, Sage Books, and Arabesques.
Undergraduate Departmental Representatives
Cassipea is non-binary Black student and Posse scholar at Brandeis. Along with Cassipea's major in WGS, they intend on minoring in AAAS. In May 2020, Cassipea was awarded the Raskin Award for their creativity, service and activism in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a 2019-20 recipient of the Rapaporte Summer Internship Grant, Cassipea worked at Charis Circle, the nonprofit organization affiliated with Charis Books, the South's oldest feminist bookstore located in Atlanta, Georgia. After undergrad, Cassipea hopes to enter law school and legally advocate for women of color. For now, Cassipea takes advantage of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), which provides a student-based model for legal advocacy by increasing the likelihood of approval for applicants seeking status in the U.S. Cassipea's interest in Black feminism, abolitionist work, and legal studies encourages them to imagine possibilies, while accepting and attempting to better reality.
Graduate Department Representatives
Monica graduated with a BA in Spanish & French (double major) with a minor in sociology from Manhattanville College in 2019. She is interested in racial theory, intersectionality, social justice and global feminisms. She wants to further research the experiences of women of color worldwide through an intersectional lens to move towards equal representation for women in all fields.