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Alexandra Gessesse

Alexandra Gessesse

BIMI Policy Brief and Communications Graduate Fellow

Alexandra Gessesse is a daughter of Ethiopian-Greek immigrants, and was raised in a household, and culture, that invested in and celebrated African philosophy and intellectualism. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with honors, and received her B.A. in Black Studies in Social Policy and Politics. 
 
Alexandra’s research interests include urban policy, social movements in the U.S., Black intellectuals, race and inequality, community and neighborhood organizations, and the African Diaspora. She is particularly interested in examining the identity self-presentation of Ethiopian immigrants during the 1960s to 1990s by exploring how Ethiopian student revolutionaries contributed to the creation of Afro-centric civic associations in the United States; and to what extent their Black, liberal-Marxist praxis influenced the foundation of these institutions in today’s dialogue of transnational, Ethiopian politics. Most recently, Alexandra researched the effects of a term she coined, “Digital Redlining,” which examines the effects of race, gender, and stereotypes on online algorithms and accessible internet data for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. It has largely shaped how she sees the role of media and social media platforms redefining political engagement amongst immigrant communities. When she’s not studying, you can find her watching curly hair tutorial videos on YouTube. 

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