Dr. Alexis Redding is an expert on the college experience and student development. Her research focuses on the transition to college and examines how students navigate the undergraduate years. This work combines the intellectual traditions of developmental psychology, higher education, and ethnography, allowing her to capture the nuances of student life at a range of colleges and universities..

Alexis and her colleague, Nancy Hill, recently released a book on this topic. In The End of Adolescence: The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood (Harvard University Press), they use a lost archive of college student interviews from the 1970s to examine youth development across generations and to show the continuity of challenges faced by young people during the transitional period of time between adolescence and adulthood.

She has also done research on student identity development, with a focus on moral identity development and ethical reasoning skills. This work included studies of achievement culture in high school, fraud in the college admissions process, and student cheating in high-stakes educational environments. Her research was used to support the design of the Harvard College Honor Code, to revise ethical guidelines in the field of college admissions, and to create policies that combat academic dishonesty in schools around the country. More recently, her work has focused on youth activism and political identity development against the backdrop of campus protest movements from the 1960s to today.

Alexis was a Presidential Fellow at Harvard University and earned her doctorate in Human Development & Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2018. She also holds an Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology from HGSE, an A.B. from Harvard College, and a Graduate Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.

Today, she is the Faculty Co-Chair of Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she also teaches courses in college student development, student affairs, and youth activism. To see a list of courses that she is currently teaching, click here.

In addition to her research and teaching, she has counseled students in both the United States and Europe for more than two decades. She currently serves as a graduate student advisor at HGSE and is a member of the Board of First-Year Advisers at Harvard College.