Alix Basden is working with Professor Illenin Kondo, who studies the interactions of infrastructure and democracy through an economic perspective. Basden has formatted and standardized a poll taken by over 40,000 citizens called the AfroBarometer, hoping to interpret ways that roads and connectivity to society can change social and public opinion. Basden also works with Professor Katie Jarvis, who is in the process of writing a book about French society in the wake of the French Revolution. Together, they are studying the democratization of forgiveness in everyday French society at the time, and ways in which the state, the church, and other institutions created new protocols for forgiving in a culture being built on rubble. Primarily, the work has focused around local justice of the peace positions, which sought to repair community relationships through voluntary adjudication. This study of peace-building can be analyzed and applied to small-scale conflict resolution around the world today.
Basden received a Gary Lyman Internship Award in the summer of 2019 in order to complete an internship with Louisiana Medicaid. She served as a researcher and legislative tracker in the office, which is a pioneer in health technology, and returned in the summer of 2020 amid the COVID-19 crisis.