Alex Coccia is a 2014 Notre Dame graduate and alum of the International Scholars Program. He has professional and academic expertise in antipoverty and family economic security policy, and strives for a politics that will eliminate poverty in the United States. He is currently a senior policy analyst at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where he advances policies that promote economic security and wellbeing for all children and families, by focusing on building robust and equitable public systems. In addition to his policy role, Alex is an adjunct assistant professor in Political Science at Notre Dame, where he teaches "Politics of Poverty in the US." Prior to joining CSSP, Alex was a policy consultant for Children's Defense Fund Ohio, and a special assistant and policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He received his DPhil (PhD) in Politics and MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to graduating from Notre Dame, he was awarded the Truman Scholarship, which supports careers in public service.
2015 - Rhodes Scholar; provides full financial support for a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford
2014 - Truman Scholar; supports juniors, interested in Graduate School, who have evidenced their ability and passion to be a “Change Agent” – namely through efficacious leadership, commitment to public service, and notable academic achievement