Jaala Alston

Student Researcher, Student

About Jaala Alston

Jaala Alston is an Economics and Ethnic Studies at Columbia University (CC '22). She conducts interdisciplinary research within the fields of economic history, political economy, and ethnic studies. She hopes that her work will help to illuminate the nature of economic oppression in the world and how economic oppression intersects with systemic racism. Topics of interest include racial capitalism, intersectionality, geographies of oppression and structural preservation of economic injustices. She believes storytelling and the experiences of others are essential to her insight as a scholar and hopes to marry her experiences as a multi-talented artist with her scholarly work in the future.

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Undergraduate Scholar

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Research Topic

Economics Regional & Area Studies

Laidlaw Cohort Year



Columbia University

I am from:

United States of America

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My hobbies/interests are:

Film & TV Music Theatre Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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