Alexis Romero Walker

Senior Researcher,
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Alexis Romero Walker (they/them), Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and a qualitative media studies researcher that specializes in decolonizing structures dominated by whiteness and heteronormativity both in entertainment media and higher education. Alexis is particularly interested in the ways in which diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice can be implemented in entertainment media from the inside to result in media that best represents all people. They received their Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Media and Communication, and have an MA in Media Literacy and Social Justice, and a BA in Media Arts with a minor in Theatre Arts.

Alexis’ dissertation focused on the decolonization of higher education media programs to best represent people of color in the ways that people of color want to be represented, using media literacy and performance studies to complement those concepts. Their dissertation took an ethnographic and autoethnographic approach. Alexis is also an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and has presented their research both nationally and internationally.