I earned my B.A. in English, Creative Writing, and Political Science and my M.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my PhD in English from Boston University, where I also received Graduate Certificates in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and in Writing Pedagogy.
My research focuses on the connections between 20th and 21st century experimental poetry and visual art. I'm currently at work on a manuscript project, "Reckless, Beautiful Things: Contemporary American Poetry and the Artist's Book," that explores collaborations between painters and poets in book form from the 1950s to the 2000s. This project has been supported by grants from the Smithsonian Libraries and the Modernist Studies Association. My research and writing on poetry, visual art, gender studies, and pedagogy has also been published in Genre, Word & Image, Contemporary Women's Writing, Women's Studies, and Feminist Teacher among other venues.
Before coming to Harvard, I had the pleasure of designing and teaching several courses at Drexel and at Boston University on topics ranging from poetry 1600-present to feminist/queer theory to writing composition. I also worked as a tutor in the Writing Center at Boston University for several years, including significant work with ESL learners. I currently teach in the Expository Writing Program, where my Expos 20 course takes an intersectional approach to women's stories across a variety of media genres, from literary short stories to television, visual art to social media, including the contemporary #MeToo movement). I also serve as an academic adviser as part of the Board of First-Year Advisers.
Beyond the classroom, I enjoy running the streets of Boston and playing with my dog, Zorro. I've also been a kitchen volunteer at the Women's Lunch Place, a local women's homeless shelter, for three years (350+ service hours to date). For more on my teaching, writing, and research, follow me on Twitter @agold258, check out my website www.alexandrajgold.com, or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.