Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen is a UD graduate who had a double major in Spanish and politics. Both her advanced degrees are in history. She is the historian in the Department of Modern Languages. Her specialty is Spain. Dr. Wilhelmsen's M.A. thesis is on Visigothic law (Rice University) and her doctoral dissertation (written in Spanish) on nineteenth-century Carlist political thought (University of Navarra).
Prof. Wilhelmsen is an expert of Spanish Carlism, a Catholic, traditionalist, and royalist movement in Spain that defended the Church in four civil wars over the course of a century. She has published an award-winning book on nineteenth-century Carlist political thought and over sixty-five articles in different fields. The titles on Carlism are listed below. Dr. Wilhelmsen has focused on two aspects of Carlism: political thought and the lives in exile of the Carlist branch of the Spanish Royal Family. Research has taken her to over fifty libraries and archives, and to many palaces, in Austria, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the Vatican. She has lectured in the States, Italy, Mexico, and Spain, and has presented papers at professional conferences in many places.
A former director of the Spanish Program, Dr. Wilhelmsen has taught at UD in the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of History since she received her doctorate at the age of twenty-four in 1971. When she was director of the Spanish Program, Alexandra initiated UD's association with the Catholic University of Ávila, re-instituted senior theses, expanded the curriculum, and strengthened the interdisciplinary nature of the Spanish major. Prof. Wilhelmsen has also taught Western Civilization on UD's Rome Campus as well as Spanish and Mexican history and art history for various summer programs the Department of Modern Languages has offered in Spain and Mexico. She has directed three MA theses and over seventy-five senior theses.
Asociacion de Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Navarra (Spain)
Instituto Historico e Geografico de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Phi Beta Kappa
Society for Catholic Social Scientists
Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studie