Alyssa Morley is a native Michigander whose experiences as an undergraduate student in North Carolina and a teacher in Africa brought her back to Michigan for studies in Educational Policy. Alyssa graduated from Elon University in 2008 with double majors in Anthropology and Sociology. From the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2011, she worked in Malawi through the U.S. Peace Corps. Her main role as a Peace Corps Volunteer was teaching at a rural secondary school. She also volunteered at the local primary school and mentored her school’s girls club. In these positions, she gained insight into the unique challenges of rural education and became interested in the ways educational policy is enacted in local contexts.
Alyssa is entering her first year as an Educational Policy Ph.D. student. She looks forward to engaging with the education, anthropology, and African Studies communities at MSU, and plans to focus her studies on international comparative education.