Research interests: Contemporary literature, crossing borders, intercultural dialogue, women writers, Swiss authors, comparative literature, Romanticism
Before joining UCT, Alexandra Campana earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating with an M.A. degree (Lizentiat) in German Philology, Religious Studies and Musicology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Thanks to a number of exchange programs, her undergraduate studies took place at various universities in Switzerland and Germany.
In between academic commitments she spent four years working for international humanitarian organizations, which has strengthened her interest in intercultural communication. This is reflected in both her current research projects and approach to teaching. Over the years, she has taught German language, literature and culture in a variety of settings and holds a certificate in college teaching from Vanderbilt University´s Center for Teaching. What she enjoys most about teaching is learning about the new perspectives that the students bring to the classroom, and she is a strong believer in acknowledging the students as active contributors to the overall learning experience.