Alexandra covers war, conflicts, politics, and humanitarian issues for English print. She is currently based in New York covering the Syrian war and the refugee crisis in Lebanon. While in South East Asia (2016-2017), she covered various political and humanitarian issues in India, Singapore and Afghanistan. In 2014, she began to research/cover the migration of Western women to the so called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, a topic that previously had received limited and sensationalised coverage in the media. 


Parallel to her freelance reporting, Alexandra Bradford provided research and analysis to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) on the risks posed by European females travelling to Syria. This formed the basis of a report she co-authored (Becoming Mulan? Female Migrants to ISIS). This report was the first academic report and policy response investigating the migration of Western women to the Islamic State. Findings from Becoming Mulan were presented as part of a verbal testimony on The Islamic State’s War on Women and Girls to the Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs. Research from Becoming Mulan has been cited in various books including William McCants’s The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State and Peter R. Neumann’s Radicalized: New Jihadists and the Threat to the West, as well as news publications such as The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, El Pais and by the BBC.

Alexandra holds a Master Degree in Terrorism, Security and Society from King's College, University of London. Her graduate work focused on homegrown terrorism and female radicalization. 

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