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Alexis Redding

Lecturer on Education

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Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, (2018); Ed.M., Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, (2010)
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Office:  Larsen 421
Faculty Assistant:  Joelle Mottola


Alexis Redding is an educational ethnographer who studies the transition to college and the undergraduate years. She is a lecturer on education at HGSE where she teaches courses in college student development, student affairs, and youth activism. Her classes focus on strategies for helping students thrive in diverse academic environments.

Redding and her colleague, Nancy Hill, have a forthcoming book focused on the transition to adulthood. In The End of Adolescence: The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood (Harvard University Press), they use a newly discovered archive of college student interviews from the 1970s to examine youth development across generations and to argue that our current narrative about “coddled adolescents” is shortchanging today’s students.

She has also done research on moral identity development and ethical reasoning skills in young adults. This work included studies of achievement culture in high school, fraud in the college admissions process, and student cheating in high-stakes educational environments. Her findings were used to support the design of the Harvard College Honor Code, to revise ethical guidelines in the field of college admissions, and to create policies that combat academic dishonesty in schools around the country. More recently, her research has focused on youth activism and student political identity development against the backdrop of protest movements from the 1960s to today.

In addition to her research and teaching, she has counseled students in both the United States and Europe for more than two decades. She currently serves as a graduate student advisor at HGSE and is a member of the Board of First-Year Advisers at Harvard College.

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