Alexus was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests center using a reproductive justice theoretical framework to address reproductive health disparities for Black women at the nexus of their experiences with violence and/or criminalization. Her research agenda also includes analyzing the relationship between social policy initiatives and Black women’s experiences with perinatal care across spatial contexts. Some social policies of interest include state policies around the criminalization of substance use during pregnancy and the expansion of state Medicaid policies to provide full spectrum doula care. As a current 3rd year Sociology PhD student and Health Behavior & Health Education MPH student, Alexus was recently selected as a Ford Predoctoral fellowship scholar to support her current ethnographic research project on Black birthing people’s experiences with pregnancy and maternity care decision-making in rural North Carolina maternity care desserts. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and nurturing her green thumb & love of plants.
Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them