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Dr Patrick Alexander

Stipendiary Lecturer in Anthropology


I am a social anthropologist specialising in education, childhood and youth studies. I am a College Lecturer in Social Anthropology, and a researcher in the Oxford University Department of Education working on a range of projects related to aspiration and social identity. I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists, I am also an active member of the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Special Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association.


I studied US and Latin American Studies at King’s College, London as an undergraduate before moving to Oxford for postgraduate study (MSc Social Anthropology, 2005; PGCE English, 2006; DPhil Education, 2011). In 2014 I was awarded a Fulbright Peabody Scholarship to conduct research as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. This project comprised a two year comparative ethnographic study exploring aspiration and imagined futures in urban public/state schools in NYC and London.


  • Alexander, P., Edwards, A., Menter, I., Fancourt, N. (2014)  Raising Aspiration in Oxford City Schools. Oxford: Citi Foundation.
  • Alexander, P. (2013) International Further Education Markets: An Analysis. Hong Kong: British Council.
  • Mills, D. & Alexander, P. (2012) Small Group Teaching: A Toolkit for Learning. York: Higher Education
  • Alexander, P., Marsh, P., Bradley, S. (2008) ‘Annex G: Children and Family Life: Socio-Demographic Changes’, in  The Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s Wellbeing: Report of an Independent
  • Marsh, P., Alexander, P., Bradley, S (2008) Life in the UK Today: The role and citizen impact of Public
  • Marsh, P., Alexander, P. Bradley, S. (2008) Football Passions. Cannon/SIRC.


Stipendiary Lecturer in Anthropology
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