Alicia Sheares is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley where her research centers on race and ethnicity, immigration, inequality, and work and organizations. Her dissertation explores the role of networks and organizations in facilitating on inhibiting Black tech entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Sheares is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College where she received a BA in International Studies. After graduating, Alicia completed an internship at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, D.C., where she researched the racial-gender wage gap. Immediately following her time at IWPR, she completed a two-year Fulbright Fellowship in Pernambuco, Brazil. At the conclusion of her Fulbright Fellowship, she matriculated to the University of Oxford to receive an M.Sc. in Migration Studies. Outside of her PhD program, Alicia enjoys conducting user experience research for tech companies in Silicon Valley, running, traveling, listening to Brazilian music, and exploring the city of Oakland.