Alisa Bierria

Graduation Year
Dissertation Title
Missing in Action: Agency, Race, & Recognition
Alisa Bierria

Alisa Bierria is the Associate Director of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley and a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. Her dissertation explores the role of social and political recognition in human agency.  She is the recipient of the Diane J. Middlebrook Prize for Graduate Teaching and has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of violence and redress.  Other research interests include black existentialism, feminist of color theory, speculative theory of the body, and popular culture.  She is co-editor of Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.  Her writing can also be found in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; the Journal of Popular Music Studies; Left Turn Magazine; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond To Violence; What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation; The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex; Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology; Real Change Newspaper; ColorsNW Magazine; and University of Minnesota: Assembling the Pieces.


Her research interests include:

  •  social and political recognition aspects of human agency
  • feminist conceptions of violence and redress
  • race existentialism
  • politics & ethics of body transformation and extension
  • black feminist theory / women of color critical theory