Alexandra is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz, where she runs the department’s concentration in criminology. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. Her research is about the governance of youth crime. She is currently writing a book, to be published by Rutgers University Press, about a group of young people making their way through New York’s criminal justice system. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., she worked at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem as a sentencing mitigation specialist, and she continues to do that work in New York State. She is a former Gates Cambridge scholar and a Soros Justice Advocacy fellow. She also serves on the board of Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and is a member of the Prison Voices Project media collective.