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Formally trained as an Islamicist, Alexandra has degrees from Dickinson College, the University of London, the University of Exeter, and The College of William & Mary in the fields of Spanish, Middle Eastern, Islamic, and American Studies. She also studied at the Universidad de Granada and The American University in Cairo. Prior to arriving at William & Mary, she was a Graduate Intern at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. working for Women's Affairs & Social Institutions and the Office of the Ambassador.

In addition to her scholarly activity, Alexandra is a recognised scholar-activist and member of the Scholars Board of the American Islamic Fellowship. In September 2009 Ariana Outreach for Afghanistan recognised her as one of their scholar-activists. At William & Mary, her Masters Thesis on Muslim women at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair was awarded the 2011 William & Mary Dean's Prize for Excellence in Scholarship on Women and in 2012, her research on political cartoons in American newspapers depicting 19th century Irish and 20th century Muslims was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. In April 2012, she was invited to lecture on Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an for the Religious Studies Department in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson's birthday and a discussion on interfaith dialogue with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Prince Ghazi of Jordan at The College of William & Mary.

Her publications include encyclopedia articles on African-American Islam, early Islam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Her most recent publication is on Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an published by Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Forthcoming publications include a review essay on Islam and gender for Feminist Studies and a book on Women and Islam.