Alida Goffinski

John S. Lillard Jefferson Fellow
Other (Undergraduate) Indiana University (2012)
M.S.W. Indiana University (2013)
M.A. University of Virginia (2019)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Alida Goffinski is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation considers the impact of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) on subsequent notions of race and racism throughout modernity. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work from Indiana University. Prior to starting her doctorate, Alida worked as a licensed psychotherapist and advocate for disciplinary reform in urban public schools and the juvenile justice system, and researched educational disparities as a project manager for the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

Connect with our community

View Fellows



The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

Read more


The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

Read more

David and Jane Walentas

A transformational gift for UVA — $100 million to benefit first-generation students

Read more