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Alexa Russo

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Alexa Russo

In the Field
Research Interests: 
economic anthropology, postcolonial studies, coloniality, transnational governmentality, South Asia, politics of representation, gender, developmentalism


My research explores economic spaces and subjects that seek to enact and embody alternatives dominant economic systems.  While I am interested in movements globally, including solidarity economies and cooperative movements, my research particularly focuses on new economic imaginaries and value systems created in the context of, and negotiation with, development(alist) narratives and projects within South Asia.  I analyze these alternatives as both contesting and conforming to gendered systems of (post)coloniality, limiting, but also producing, particular “other” ways of being with a different set of values.

I hold an MSc with Distinction in Gender at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a B.A. from Amherst College in Religion and Economics. I was a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellow in India.  I have recently been a Research Assistant at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, and am currently a contributor to Ms. Magazine Blog.