Alicea's research focuses on race and ethnicity, organizations, education, and urban issues. Overarching themes in Alicea's writings include place-based accumulations of racial disadvantage, race-based educational inequality, experiences of racially minoritized youth in changing communities, and organizational drivers of racial inequality. Alicea has published in academic journals like Sociology Compass, Urban Education, and the Urban Review. Alicea has also written publicly, with words in the Christian Science Monitor, the Imprint, EdSource, and the Conversation. Alicea is former public school teacher, trained policy analyst, and former nonprofit board member.
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Examines the ways in which racially minoritized youth experience a community in racial transition. It centers the voices of youth and calls for greater youth voice in policymaking.
Analyzes the roots of race-based educational inequality by contextualizing the state-level contributions of racial injustice in schools.
Analyzes the structural roots of race-based educational inequality using case studies and articulates a vision for schools to reduce racial inequality in the larger society.
Analyzes how schools incorporate the teaching of race and community into the physical design of the school space.
Examines how teachers include content about the community in which they teach as part of their efforts at culturally relevant teaching.
Uses case studies of different urban cities to analyze the structural and place-based roots of racial inequalities in schools.