Alexandra is from Philadelphia. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) in creative non-fiction writing, she worked as a writer. In 2006, she received her M.A. in Italian literature from Penn, and then taught Italian language as a lecturer before moving to New Haven, She is now a 5th year graduate student in Italian and Film Studies. Her interests include the 19th and 20th century novel, melodrama, European film, women writers, and madre addolorata figures. She will write her dissertation on the melodramatic mode in Neorealism.