Erika E. Alexander, PhD is a native of Smithfield, RI and in 2007, earned a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College, an all-women’s Historically Black College in Atlanta, GA. She earned her MSc. (2010) and PhD (2014) from Brown University (Providence, RI) in Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. She is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow within the Cell Biology department of Emory University, and is funded by the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program. Dr. Alexander’s writing interests include issues experienced by academics of color, including navigating the transition from student to member of the workforce, finding a work/life balance as a postdoc, maintaining connection with one’s community and family, selecting and getting the most out of mentor/mentee relationships, and finding ways to thrive in the highly competitive world of academia. When not in the lab, Dr. Alexander enjoys traveling the world, mentoring young scientists, and sharing her love of science with others.