Dr. Alysia Childs earned a B.A. in Spanish from Spelman College, with an emphasis on socio-economic development and social activism. While pursuing her graduate studies at Georgetown University, she focused on the politics of race and ethnicity in Latin America, specifically examining identity formation in Colombia. After receiving an M.S. in International Development, she began doctoral studies at The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Anthropology. While there, Dr. Childs served as a member of an inter-disciplinary delegation sent to Colombia to investigate the country's legislative measures to protect Afro-Colombians' rights to property and education. The resultant report "Unfulfilled Promises and Persistent Obstacles to the Realization of the Rights of Afro-Colombians" was submitted to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) and to the U.S. Congress. She also co-produced an accompanying documentary entitled, "En Busca de Una Vida Digna: Challenges Facing Afro-Descendants in Colombia".
Dr. Childs' has done extensive ethnographic research in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Currently, her areas of research are focused in the United States and include a critical engagement on skin colorism, teacher expectations-student outcomes, and issues of disparity in public education.
ANTH 210 – Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 310 – Cross-Cultural Studies in Anthropology
Areas of Research Interest
Critical Race Theory and Educational Disparity
Afro-Latino Identity and Community Development
Social Activism, Social Justice, and Cultural Competency
Intersectionality and Qualitative Research Methodologies