Alexandra Fair

University of Reading Postgraduate Award, University of Reading - History

I completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Miami University of Ohio. As a student, working with grassroots organisations dedicated to women’s medical educations sparked my interest in the relationship between intellectual history and policy. My postgraduate research examined evolutions in post-war American eugenic rhetoric and raised questions about the international influence of these ideas. At the University of Reading my research will continue to investigate how eugenic ideology informs discourse about social inequalities. The Fulbright will challenge me to think globally about how theorists navigate these questions. As I build academic relationships, volunteering with the Friends of the Harris Garden will connect me with the wider community in Reading and indulge my passion for gardening. Upon my return I look forward to continuing the transnational research I begin in the UK as a PhD student in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Until then, I eagerly anticipate immersing myself in British culture and finding a favourite spot for afternoon tea.