Dr. Moffett-Bateau is a Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research. She received her B.A. in Political Science and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies (High Honors) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. were in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Currently, she also is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York. Her research focuses on American Politics and Political Theory, with a concentration in race and politics, urban politics, and political behavior. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, she will be working on her book manuscript-in-progress, which examines the (political) experiences of black women living in poverty, where she analyzes these experiences through expanding the definition of what is considered “political” in political science literature. Her research considers the intersections of race, class, and gender and their effects on communities’ vulnerabilities to the spaces in which they live and work and interact with local government actors in their neighborhoods and cities. Her research highlights how community members’ environments can function to limit citizenship development and citizens’ democratic experiences in the United States. Her expertise will contribute to the research theme, “Environment, Public Health, and Intersectional Issues for Women and Girls of Color.” Alexandra’s scholarship extends to translational research, wherein she also volunteers for grassroots’ organizations committed to social justice and uses her expertise as a researcher and academic writer to support organizations in their outreach to local communities. Dr. Moffett-Bateau will be teaching an undergraduate course on race, gender, and urban politics in Spring Semester 2017.