Alex is a current Fulbright Scholar passionate about using policy to promote democracy and economic equality. He studied public policy at Duke University in the United States, where he also received degrees in Spanish and history. At university, he researched the effectiveness of cooperatively owned enterprises in generating community wealth and reducing racial disparities. Following his research, he briefed the Durham City Council on several public financing mechanisms to fund cooperative startups.
Working with the Duke Law School, he analysed the efficacy of state-level police reform legislation and served on a court-mandated monitorship team examining efforts to reduce the use of cash bail in Houston, Texas. His honors thesis examining the institutional designs of proposed national job guarantee programs was awarded Highest Distinction. Alex also organized an ongoing campaign to modernize the economic curriculum of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and spent two years researching sustainable hydroelectric development in Paraguay.
Upon graduating, Alex was awarded the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual leadership award for his cumulative research and community engagement. He will attend Oxford University after his Fulbright year with Hot or Cool.