Alexis joined our organization in September 2014. As the manager of public programs, she works with the Science History Institute’s various program areas to translate their research and collections into engaging programs for general audiences. Alexis produces the Institute’s signature suite of First Friday programs, activities at various outreach events throughout the city, and programming centered on the Institute’s changing exhibitions. She is on the steering committee for the Philadelphia Science Festival where she works with other core-collaborating institutions to produce a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. She is one of the hosts for Science on Tap and the voice behind the Science on Tap Philadelphia twitter.
Alexis completed her undergrad at Temple University studying psychology and European history. She has her master of arts in humanities from Arcadia University, where her focus was history, philosophy, and religion. She is known for her history talks at various geek cafes through the city as well as for her tours of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Alexis’s areas of interest and research are Victorian mourning culture and burial practices, and Civil War–era/early-20th-century American culture. In 2014 she served on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia and was nominated for Geek of the Year by the Philadelphia Geek Awards in 2015.