I’m Alex. I’m 23 and I use the pronouns they/them and she/her.
I am a Master’s candidate in the department of political science at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies.
My scholarly work focuses on the politics of identity and ontology, particularly on diaspora, nationhood, gender, narrative, and culture. My paper, Diasporic Nationalism and the Queer Question: Intimacy and Envelopment on Taglit-Birthright, won the Outstanding Conference Paper award at the 12th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Conference.
In general, my work tends to focus on how our everyday interactions with larger systems and institutions shape the way we think of ourselves and each other. You can read some samples of my journalistic writing here. For my copywriting portfolio, click here.
I also write an occasional newsletter called Hot Takeaways that combines media criticism with radical reading recommendations. You can sign up for it here and read old letters here. As well, I wrote a brief guide on landing a pitch for freelancers, which you can get here.