Alexis grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a BA in Political Science and East European and Russian Studies. She has lived in Moscow, Russia, and also traveled throughout Siberia. She has an MA from the University of Texas in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies where her research focused on how young Russians use the Internet. Her research interests involve Internet infrastructure, the public sphere, US information policy, and issues of Internet access/use. In her free time she enjoys recording podcasts for an online educational series entitled, "SlavTalk Radio", getting into vigorous debates regarding deregulation, and trying to find somewhere to play ice hockey in Austin.