Amanda Alexander is a Soros Justice Fellow in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy. Her Soros project serves families divided by incarceration and the foster-care system using a combination of direct representation, know-your-rights education, targeted litigation, and advocacy.
Alexander graduated from Yale Law School, where she cofounded the Women, Incarceration, and Family Law Project. During law school, she worked for The Bronx Defenders' Family Defense and Civil Action Practices and served as an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Before law school, she was a research fellow at the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, South Africa, where she facilitated trainings for community organizers.
A PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, Alexander's research focuses on criminal law, confinement, and resistance in South Africa and the United States. She earned her BA, magna cum laude, in government and African studies from Harvard University.