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 nationalism and empire in Colonial and Nazi Germany, as well as Imperial and Soviet Russia. She has a comparative interest in ethnic and racial minorities in both nations and their concepts of Homeland, or Heimat and Родина, respectively. Alexa explored these themes in her MA Thesis titled, People As Propaganda: Personifications of Homeland in Nazi German and Soviet Russian Cinema. 

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, History, and Film; Afro-German, Afro-Russian Studies; Race, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.