Alisa Bierria is the Associate Director of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley and a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. Her dissertation, Missing in Action: Agency, Race, & Recognition, contends that philosophical accounts of intentional action must incorporate an analysis of sociality, power, and recognition. Alisa is a recipient of the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as the Diane J. Middlebrook Prize for Graduate Teaching. She has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of gender violence and redress. Other research interests include feminist/queer carceral studies, black feminist and feminist of color theory, social ontology, and popular culture.
Alisa is the coordinator of the CRG research initiative, the Feminist Anti-Carceral Policy & Research Initiative. She is also a member of a number of community based projects, including Survived And Punished, a national project that develops policy, legal advocacy strategies, and community education and organizing materials that 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; Left Turn Magazine; 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; Real Change Newspaper; The Feminist Wire; and Scholar & Feminist Online.