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Alexis Brooke Redding

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


Alexis Redding is an educational ethnographer and developmental psychologist who studies student ethical development and political identity development in high school and college. Her dissertation, Portraits of Resistance & Resilience: College Student Political Identity Development in the Context of the 2016 Presidential Election, examined the #resist movement and the unfolding of campus protests during the 2016-17 academic year.

Her previous research focused on student development during the college admission experience, the psycho-social implications of achievement culture, and the epidemic of academic dishonesty in elite educational environments. She has been invited to present on this work in high schools, colleges, and at national and international conferences. To date, her work has been published in the Journal of College Admission, Ethics & Behavior, About Campus,and Independent School Magazine. Her work on college culture and institutional collaborations has also been published by the Good Project at Harvard Project Zero.

Redding is currently doing archival research on college student development from the 1950s to the 1980s with a research fellowship from the Harvard Bureau of Study Counsel. A book based on this research, Embracing the Crisis of Becoming: Rethinking Adolescent Development (co-authored with Nancy Hill) is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

She remains engaged in undergraduate student life at Harvard College through serving on the Board of Freshman Advisers. On behalf of the Freshman Dean's Office, she also serves as a faculty leader for Community Conversations and as a facilitator for the Reflecting on Your Life Program.

Redding holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and a Certificate of Post Graduate Study in College Counseling from UCLA. With the support of a Harvard Presidential Fellow she completed her doctoral degree in Human Development & Education at HGSE in May 2018.

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