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 second year PhD student. Before coming to Penn, Alexa taught German for 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 has a comparative interest in ethnic minorities and homeland in Germany and Russia. Alexa explored these themes in her MA Thesis titled, People As Propaganda: Personifications of Homeland in Nazi German and Soviet Russian Cinema. She is also interested in how German and Russian are taught as foreign languages to minority communities.

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. In 2017, Alexa attended 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 Studies