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.

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