Alessandra Williams earned a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow. Her research uses a methodology of ethnography and dance analysis to examine dances of the African and Asian diasporas by choreographers David Roussève and his REALITY dance company as well as Ananya Chatterjea and her Ananya Dance Theater company. Beginning in 2006, she began performing as an artist with Ananya Dance Theater and she continues to dance a radical politics of social justice with this professional company. Originally from Minneapolis, her campaign coordination work with the HIRE Minnesota Coalition earned her the Grassroots Solutions Organizer of the Year Award. She earned her BA in American Studies and Dance at Macalester College.
For Fall 2016, she was a co-instructor in the Department of African American Studies for the “Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora” course at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. For Winter 2017, she works as an instructor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures Dance for the “Indigenous Worldviews” course at the University of California, Los Angeles. For Spring 2017, she will serve as an instructor in Theater and Dance for the “Reading the Dancing Body” course at Carleton College.