Alexis Morgan Young, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership: Urban Education, University of Maryland
M.A. Teaching and Curriculum: Sociohistorical Perspectives: Michigan State University
B.A. Elementary Education: Urban Education, Michigan State University
Alexis Morgan Young is an assistant professor of early and primary childhood at Miami University. She is a former K-5 teacher who was educated, and taught, in Detroit Public Schools. Alexis’ scholarship centers the liberatory literacies of Black girls in elementary and middle schools. Specifically, she seeks to illuminate the utility of Black girls’ imaginations in liberatory projects, particularly in the reconceptualizing of education. She works in concert with preadolescent Black girls to co-create spaces that forefront their expertise and imaginative practices to foster environments where they can enrich their critical consciousness, dream of otherwise worlds, and have their recommendations for the future recognized as valid knowledge. Her research speaks to the importance of seeing Black girls as whole, imaginative beings who are not passive actors in their education or in society. Above all, Alexis’ work challenges us to (re)imagine a world where Black girls are seen as experts and change agents toward their liberation.
Black girlhood, literacy, Black futurity, youthtopias