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.