Alexander was a PhD student in the Germanic Studies Department of the University of Texas at Austin. He received his MA at the University of Mississippi, where he was first introduced to the study of languages in contact while studying the Volga German Dialect of his ancestors. Alexander is interested in the phonological and morphological developments of languages in contact and their documentation. His second area of study is Second Language Acquisition, where he focuses on Input in Grammar Instruction. During the Academic Year 2017-2018 he was the TGDP Graduate Research Assistant. In August 2018, he started as Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina (Upstate).