Alexandra recently joined the English department at Texas Christian University as full-time faculty. Her research focuses on the intersections of literature, film, and other media in the early 20th century, with a special interest in the historical recovery of neglected women writers.
Her first book, Before Fanfiction: Recovering the Literary History of American Media Fandom, is forthcoming from LSU Press in fall 2023. The book further explores ideas presented in Alexandra’s chapter on “Literature Fandom and Literary Fans” in A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).
Alexandra’s current project, Hollywood Regionalism, investigates how the studio system adapted, revised, and transformed dozens of regional novels by American women writers from 1910-1961. She and her students have researched hundreds of these film adaptations, many lost or forgotten, and are working to bring them back into public view.
Alexandra previously co-hosted a podcast about college and coronavirus, wrote a poetry chapbook about Godzilla, taught a course on anarchist nonfiction, and won two Primetime Emmys for her work as a transmedia producer creating interactive storytelling experiences.
She is on Mastodon as @nonmodernist.