Dr. Alexis Briley studied Comparative Literature and German at Brown University and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. Since 2006, she has taught courses in Writing, Literature, and German language and culture at universities in the United States and Canada.
Alexis has loved literature and languages as long as she can remember, inspired by teachers who helped her appreciate the beauty and power of words. In the course of her studies, she had the opportunity to live in Germany, an experience that deepened in her interest in the language, history, and culture.
Her passion for language and literature is inspired by the belief that contact with other cultures can be electrifying and transformative, challenging us to appreciate where we come from and why we think and act the way we do. As the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Those who do not know foreign languages, know nothing of their own.”
In her teaching, Alexis encourages her students to embrace the challenges that come with learning a foreign language. Like traveling in a foreign country, learning another language can be disorienting—but it can also be an exhilarating adventure!
When she is not teaching, Alexis can be found chasing after her baby girl and enjoying long walks along the water where she lives in Vancouver, Canada.