Dr. Alexandra Cornelius earned her BA at Hunter College, City University of New York; MA in History at Purdue University; and Ph.D. in American History at Washington University, St. Louis. She is a Senior Instructor in History and African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) at FIU where she also serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of History. She has served as the Principal Investigator on the Teach American History (TAH) grant and as a Co-Principal Investigator on the Florida Teacher Quality Grant (FTQG). Dr. Cornelius also is an active mentor to graduate students in AADS, History, and Global Sociocultural Studies. Dr. Cornelius created and offered courses in African American Men and Women’s Intellectual History; Civil War and Reconstruction; Race, Gender and Science in the Atlantic World; New Directions in African American History; and Social Movements in Modern United States History. Her courses are of interest not only to students in the humanities and the social sciences, but also to students majoring in health, medicine, and other STEM related fields. She seeks to create learning environments in which students from diverse disciplines discover their shared cultural and intellectual interests and an overarching commitment to public service.