Alexandra Finley graduated summa cum laude with research distinction in history from the Ohio State University in June 2010. Her undergraduate thesis, "Founding Chestnut Ridge: the Origins of Central West Virginia's Multiracial Community," won the department prize for best undergraduate research. Her master's thesis, completed at the College of William & Mary, looked at the experiences of openly interracial couples in antebellum Virginia through the lives of Silas and Corinna Omohundro. Finley's research interests include the antebellum South, the intersection of race and gender, mixed race studies, and economic history.
Awards, Fellowships and Publications
- awarded the Parker-Dooley Visiting Scholars Grant 2013-2014 at the Southern Historical Collection, UNC
- 2014- Mellon Fellowship from Virginia Historical Society