Alexander started as a Senior Lecturer in Modern German History (with Digital Humanities) in the History division on 1 December 2014. He has a degree in computer science and a doctorate in history, both from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.
He was working in the software industry in Germany for many years, before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2007, where he became a Research Fellow in the geography department, acting as technical lead for the Vision of Britain website. In 2012 he was hired as Research Fellow for a digital humanities project with the Photographic History Research Centre at De Monfort University, Leicester. In 2014 he then worked as Research Associate on a project in Social Media analysis for the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University.
His historical interests are the cultural history of science and medicine in Nazi Germany. His PhD work was on height records in aviation in the interwar years in Europe and related technological and scientific research. More generally speaking, he has done research on the history of medicine, science and technology in Europe between c. 1880 and 1945; including aspects of industrial hygiene, eugenics and respiration physiology.