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Alisa Bierria Alisa Bierria
Assistant Professor

INTN 4034
(951) 827-9171

Alisa Bierria is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is developing a manuscript that explores how intentional action is socially imagined in contexts of anti-black racism, carceral cultures, and gendered violence. Highlighting insights from black women’s agentic practices in conditions of violence, she proposes theoretical frameworks for human agency that can account for these social imaginaries of intention.

Alisa has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of racialized gender violence, state violence, and redress. Other research interests include feminist/queer carceral studies, black feminist and feminist of color theory, social ontology, critical bioethics, and popular culture. She is also a member of a number of community-based research projects, including Survived and Punished, a national project that develops policy and research strategies to challenge the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Alisa is co-editor of Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.  Her writing can also be found in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Journal of Popular Music Studies; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond To Violence; What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation; The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex; Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology; In These Times; The Feminist Wire; and Scholar & Feminist Online.

Previously, Alisa was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Associate Director of the Center for Race & Gender at UC Berkeley where she founded the Feminist Anti-Carceral Policy & Research Initiative. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University.


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