Brandon Alston

Area(s) of Interest:  Masculinities; Sexuality; Space; Culture; Race and Ethnicity; Organizations; Identity Formation; African American and Africana Studies; and Religion

Biography:
Brandon Alston is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. Originally from Philadelphia, he graduated from Haverford College in 2014 with majors in Sociology and Religion and minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies. After college, he served as Project Coordinator and Fellow of the Lagim Tehi Tuma (Thinking Together) action-research fellowship in Northern Ghana. Following his time in Ghana, he assisted a local research corporation in crafting community-driven health interventions in his home community, North Philadelphia. Prior to joining Northwestern, Brandon served as a Corporate Fellow at Wake Forest University earning a M.A. in Business Management.

Brandon is broadly interested in the various sociocultural and structural forces and their influence and impact on individuals’ identity formation processes. His senior thesis investigated the relationship between Black Baptist churches and Black males’ during the Black Consciousness Era in Philadelphia. His project articulated the ways in which the Black Baptist churches formally and informally engaged Black masculinities. As a graduate student at Northwestern, he plans to continue interrogating the various cultural, spatial and structural forces that interact to form individuals’ unique identities.