Kris Alexanderson grew up on Long Island, New York and received her B.A. from Bard College in 1999. As an undergraduate Historical Studies major at Bard, she developed her passion for Dutch history while on a study abroad program in the Netherlands. Alexanderson worked with Alice Stroup, John Fout, and Tabetha Ewing on her senior project titled "The 1915 International Women's Congress at The Hague," which won Bard College's Gender Studies Prize and Marc Bloch Award.
Alexanderson received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2011, where she completed her dissertation titled "Fluid Mobility: Global Maritime Networks and the Dutch Empire, 1918-1942," under the direction of Bonnie Smith. Michael Adas, Matt Matsuda, and Frances Gouda (of the University of Amsterdam) also served on her dissertation committee. While at Rutgers, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Netherlands, along with numerous other grants and fellowships.
From 2011 to 2013 Alexanderson was an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of History & Politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Here she taught classes in the fields of Science, Technology, and Medicine and World History.
Kris Alexanderson is excited to join the faculty at the University of the Pacific as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and looks forward to being a part of Pacific's vibrant academic community.