She is a research affiliate of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Her interdisciplinary work explores the politics of ‘feeling’ which emerge under conditions of precarity, with a focus on cases in urban Amsterdam. Her recent research has investigated popular yoga practices and their mechanics for cultivating flexible, balanced subjects. She is currently developing a project on Anthropocene feeling which traces the affective entanglements surrounding Amsterdam’s monumental trees and canal belt. Her earlier work interrogated the public emotions emergent in populist Islamophobia in the Netherlands, with a focus on visual media.
Alexandra studied religion, media and culture at the University of Calgary and McMaster University, earning a PhD in Anthropology from McMaster University in 2012. In addition to her work with ASCA, she has previously participated as a fellow with the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), as well as supplementing her academic activities working with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund.