Alexandra P. Alberda is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University. She will be working towards the completion of a PhD tentatively titled “Graphic Medicine Exhibited: An Examination of Scholarly and Public Engagement with Comics in Medical Humanities and Comics Studies since 2007.” Her research interests are curatorial practices, public engagement with graphic medicine, comics studies, medical humanities, and the politics and ethics of representation.
Prior to her doctoral research she received her MA in Art History with a minor focused on sculptural painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her MA thesis “Constructing Helen Frankenthaler: Redefining a ‘Woman’ Artist Since 1960” explored differences in language used in scholarly, popular press, and exhibition text to examine how a ‘woman’ artist was constructed in conjunction with the rise of different theoretical concerns. She received her BA in English and Studio Art with minors in Writing and Art History from Briar Cliff University.