Alice Johnson is the director of the Cairo Community Interpreter Project (CCIP) in the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC).
Her work in community interpreting and training began in 1994 with Latino migrant farmworker movements in the US South, interpreting in migrant rural health clinics - specializing in maternal and child health, farmworker pesticide and occupational health, counseling and legal aid for domestic violence and gender-based violence - and in conferences and forums on migration and human rights.
In 2002, she developed the multilingual capacity and language justice program at the Highlander Research and Education Center, to build the capacity of grassroots social justice movements to incorporate interpreting and translation as tools in their interracial and intercultural coalition building, to make them more inclusive and participatory for all grassroots actors.
Since 2006, in her capacity with CCIP, Alice has conducted community interpreting training programs and technical assistance workshops with several NGOs and international agencies working with refugees and migrants in different countries, including Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and SAR Hong Kong.
Along with her CCIP responsibilities, Alice is conducting doctoral research in the Autonomous University of Barcelona Department of Translation and Interpretation. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, popular education and rights-based approaches in training community interpreters in migration and refugee settings.
Alice holds a diploma in Arabic-English simultaneous interpreting from The American University in Cairo (AUC), a master of advanced studies in interpreter training from the University of Geneva (Faculty of Translation and Interpretation), and a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.