Patrick Alexander is a social anthropologist specialising in education, childhood and youth studies. He is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Anthropology and Sociology), having joined Oxford Brookes as an Early Career Research Fellow in 2013. In 2014 Patrick was awarded a Fulbright Peabody Scholarship to conduct research as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. This project comprises a two year comparative ethnographic study exploring aspiration and imagined futures in urban public/state schools in NYC and London. This project is also connected to Patrick’s research project with Professor Graham Butt exploring aspiration and imagined futures in rural and urban contexts in the UK.
Patrick’s teaching responsibilities encompass education, childhood studies, youth studies, and social anthropology in general. In the School of Education Patrick is also involved in developing research activity and strategy, and developing new avenues of funding for research. He also plays a key role in consultancy activity in CECD.
Patrick is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists. He is also an active member of the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Special Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association.
Prior to joining Oxford Brookes Patrick was a College Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s College), and a researcher in the Oxford University Department of Education working on a range of projects related to aspiration and social identity. He was also coordinator for qualitative research methods training for the Social Sciences Division at Oxford University. Patrick studied United States and Latin American Studies at King’s College, London as an undergraduate before migrating to Oxford for postgraduate study (MSc Social Anthropology, 2005; PGCE English, 2006; DPhil Education, 2011).
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