Alexandra Mihai

Dr. Alexandra Mihai

Associate Researcher


Alexandra Mihai has a Master degree in European Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany and has been working as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies/VUB since 2007.

At the EDU, she has progressively developed the existing online EU modules, expanded the use of blended learning by developing webinars, and worked with colleagues to enhance the range of customised teaching and training offered to students and professionals alike.

As well as lecturing on key aspects of the EU (specifically EU institutions, the decision-making process, cohesion policy and multi-level governance), Alexandra has researched and published on both the conceptual and pedagogical underpinnings of technology-enhanced learning, which includes the methodology of teaching European Studies through a Blended Learning approach.

Alexandra is also facilitating workshops on teaching skills/ teaching Politics/ Blended Learning approach.

Workshops (selection)

  • Workshop on Blended Learning in social science at Humboldt University Berlin (December 2015)
  • E-learning Educators Networking Session at Online Educa Berlin (December 2015)
  • Workshop on e-learning curriculum development at the UACES Annual Conference in Bilbao, 2015
  • Workshops on synchronous e-learning at the Euro TLC Conference in Maastricht (2014), UACES Student Forum in London (2014) and APSA Teaching & Learning Conference in Washington (2015)
  • Workshop on interdisciplinary educational research at the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) Workshop Oxford (2014)
  • Workshops on e-learning in social science at the London Knowledge Lab (Institute of Education), University College London, Birkbeck College London and London Metropolitan University (2014-2015)

You can follow Alexandra on Twitter @Anda19 and read her blog on the intersection of technology, education and (EU) politics:


Profile and Publications



  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2013. Finding the Right Mix? Teaching European Studies through Blended Learning, in Baroncelli, S.; Farneti, R.; Horga, I.; Vanhoonacker, S. (Eds.), Teaching and Learning the European Union. Traditional and Innovative Methods, Springer

Conference Papers

  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2015. Adopting technology vs integrating technology - what is a “sound pedagogical design”?, presentation at Online Educa Conference, Berlin, December 2015
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2015. Online Pedagogical Training on Active Learning in European Studies: A Trainer’s Perspective, paper presented at the UACES Annual Conference Bilbao, September 2015
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2014. How (not) to teach politics with technology: towards a new form of civic engagement?, presentation at Online Educa Conference Berlin, December 2014
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2013. Stepping into the virtual classroom- stepping out of your comfort zone? The roles of the teacher in the political science virtual classroom, paper presented at European Consortium of Political Science (ECPR) Annual Conference, Bordeaux, September 2013
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2012. The Virtual Classroom: Teaching European Studies through webinars, paper presented at UACES Annual Conference, Passau, September 2012
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2012. The Virtual Classroom: Teaching European Studies through webinars, paper presented at British International Studies Association (BISA) & International Studies Association (ISA) Joint Conference, Edinburgh, June 2012
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2011. Teaching Political Sciences and International Relations: A blended learning approach, paper presented at Political Studies Association and British International Studies Association Teaching and Learning Group Conference, Cardiff Bay, Wales, September 2011
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2011. Finding the Right Mix: Teaching European Studies Through Blended Learning, paper presented at The Sixth International Blended Learning Conference,June 2011
  • MIHAI, Alexandra & CHRISTOVA, Alina. 2011. Teaching European Studies. A Blended Learning Approach, paper presented at European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Biennial Conference, Boston, March 2011
  • MIHAI, Alexandra & CHRISTOVA, Alina. 2010. Teaching European Studies: a Blended Learning Approach, paper presented at the 9th European Conference on E-learning, Porto, October 2010
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2009. Teaching European Studies online: the challenge of quality assurance, paper presented at Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, September 2009
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2008. E-modules- the challenge of teaching European Studies online, paper presented at International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid International Association for Technology, Education and Development (IATED), November 2008

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2013. The virtual classroom: teaching European Studies through webinars, European Political Science, online publication 7 June 2013; doi: 10.1057/eps.2013.31
  • CHRISTOVA, Alina & MIHAI, Alexandra. 2011. Teaching European Studies: A Blended Learning Approach, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, Vol. 6, No. 4
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2009. Teaching European Studies Online: the Challenge of Quality Assurance, in European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning, December 2009 Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2014. Book review: Teaching Politics and International Relations, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol 10 (4) Link
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2013. Kimberly A. Mealy (2013). 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference and Track Summaries. PS: Political Science & Politics, 46, pp 643-663. doi:10.1017/S1049096513000772.
  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2006. Romanian Central Public Administration: ready for the EU?, Studia Europaea 1/2006, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Other Publications

  • MIHAI, Alexandra. 2005. Romanian Central Public Administration and the Challenges of Europeanisation, SWP Discussion Paper, November 2005, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany Link