|Dr. Alston is an associate professor of
philosophy of education and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign,
where she has worked since 1989. She has an appointment in Unit for Criticism and
Interpretive Theory and is an affiliate of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program.
She received her undergraduate degree, with honors, in Drama from Dartmouth College in
1980 and a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from the University of Chicago in 1989. Her
current work involves analyzing difference as it is produced, maintained, and utilized in
social and educational practices--resulting in a critique of simplifying and totalizing
discourses around multicultural education, school reform, and cultural production. She is
currently working on projects involving the representations of teaching in film and
television--with particular emphasis on the curious race and gender omissions and elisions
in the picture of who teaches. She is also involved in a reexamination of the feminist
interventions in the production and consumption of popular female media (such as daytime
drama and romantic fiction) by women.