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Alix Olson

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Alix Olson is pursuing a PhD in Political Theory and a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of MA-Amherst.  Her research interests include contemporary social and political theory, democratic theory, and feminist politics. Alix also is an internationally touring spoken word artist and has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for this work.  Most recently, she authored a chapter “Archiving Optimism” in Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism(Paradigm Press, forthcoming April 2013), which she presented at the 2011 NPSA. She is also the author of a Ms. Magazine cover story, a book Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2003) and is the editor of Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007).  Through a GRIP Grant (Graduate Research Initiative Program), Alix is currently helping to coordinate UMass-Amherst’s Symposium "On Protest." In 2011, Alix received a university-wide Student Choice Teaching Award. This year, Alix was invited by APSA's Siting & Engagement Committee (SEC) to participate at the annual meeting in a roundtable on the social responsibility of APSA and the profession.