ALISON VICTORIA SHEPHERD

educator, scholar, WRITER, artist.

I'm a PhD student and instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). I research non-formal language education for adults seeking sanctuary in Europe using participatory and visual methods.

A trained educator from the North of England, I've been teaching for over a decade and training other educators for three of those years. I've worked in various educational institutions in the UK, El Salvador, Mexico, Myanmar, Spain, and most recently in Greece as Education Manager at a refugee community centre.

An artist at heart, I enjoy painting and photography and experimenting with other media when possible. As well as academic writing, I write non-fiction and have been published in various outlets including the Times Educational Supplement.

I am passionate about language, education, and the arts and endeavour to reflect this in my teaching and research.