Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Dean's Professor and Chair of the Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Southern California. The applied forms of her research analyze the role of diverse donors in philanthropy and new applications for “problem-solving” courts like the criminal mental health court systems in New York and California using rigorous empirical methods. Professor Hancock Alfaro is the author of the award-winning “The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the Welfare Queen,” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, “Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics” (2013) focuses on new practices of intergenerational civic engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners. Professor Hancock Alfaro previously taught at Yale University. She has been a guest on "The Melissa Harris Perry Show" and multiple NPR shows. She received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. & Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to graduate school, Hancock Alfaro worked for the National Basketball Association, where under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Satch Sanders she conducted the preliminary research and created the original business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). An alumna of the African American Board Leadership Institute, Hancock Alfaro currently serves on the boards of the Liberty Hill Foundation, SCOPE-LA, and Perspectives on Politics. She is currently writing “Intersectionality: An Intellectual History” and “Run Away from Home,” a memoir.