Department of Germanic Studies

Alessandra Daniels

Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant
Alessandra Daniels



African diaspora in Germany, Afro-German Youth culture, Afro-German Poetry, Afro-German Film, German Colonialism in Africa


Alessandra (Sascha) Daniels joined the Germanic Studies department at UT Austin in 2020. Daniels is a graduate of West Virginia University, where they earned their bachelor’s degree in World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics with a concentration in German and a minor in Japanese Studies. She is a three-time U.S. State Department alum, having received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Japan in 2016, as well as the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship to study in Germany in 2011 and the Fulbright US Student English Teaching Assistant award to teach at the Grashof Gymnasium in Essen, Germany in 2018. Daniels’ research at UT Austin focuses on the influence of African diasporic communities on German culture along with Afro-German poetry, Afro-German film, and the contemporary culture of Afro-German youth. They serve as the secretary of the Black Graduate Student Association at UT Austin, as well as an active member of the Fulbright alumni community as the co-chair and communications and outreach officer of Fulbright Noir.

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