Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government
Alice Xu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the political economy of inequality and urban development in Latin America and East Africa. Her dissertation, “Segregation, Spatial Spillovers, and Political Polarization,” explores the political causes and consequences of socioeconomic segregation across major cities in Brazil and Mexico. The project seeks to separate the exact mechanisms –racial prejudice, altruism, the spatial externalities of inequality—that explain the relationship between segregation and voter preferences/polarization. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she worked in the energy and environmental markets consulting industry and received her B.A. in Economics-Political Science and Sustainable Development from Columbia University.