BioAlexandra M. Macdonald received both her BA (Honours with Distinction) and her MA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Victoria. Her Master's work examined material culture, gossip studies, self-fashioning, and modes of display in Georgian England to explore the links between circulating gossip and extant Wilkite material culture. The resulting essay was awarded the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for Outstanding Major Research Essay and is currently under consideration for publication. Common themes running through out her scholarly work include the relationship between politics and material culture in the long eighteenth-century, the intersections of material and intellectual culture, and the role of gossip and scandal in the British Atlantic World.
Alexandra is the recipient of numerous academic awards, most notably the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship CGSM for her Master's work and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship for her Doctoral studies. In addition to her scholarly work, Alexandra has held positions in the Education and Curatorial Departments at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Mearns Center for Learning, and the Royal British Columbia Museum.