Alexa Mendez


B.A., German Studies, B.A., History University of Cincinnati 2014; M.A., German Studies, University of Cincinnati 2015

Alexa Mendez is a first year in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Before coming to Penn, Alexa taught high school German in Cincinnati Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, Alexa served as a Teaching Assistant for a course titled Nazi(s in) Cinema under Dr. Valerie Weinstein at the University of Cincinnati.

Alexa's research interests center primarily on concepts of ethnography and homeland in Colonial and Nazi Germany, as well as Imperial and Soviet Russia. Alexa explored these themes in her MA Thesis titled, People As Propaganda: Personifications of Homeland in Nazi German and Soviet Russian Cinema. She has a comparative interest in both nations and the global effects of their historical legacies.

Alexa spent the 2008-2009 academic year in Münster, Germany as a Congress Bundestag scholar. Additionally, Alexa has spent a signifcant amount of time throughout Russia as a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholar. Her most recent time in Russia was spent at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow.

Research Interests

Third Reich Literature, History, and Film; Colonial German Literature and History; Imperial and Soviet Russian Literature and History; Race, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.