Alex was born and raised in a small rural town in northwestern Connecticut, where he developed a deep appreciation for math and science, eventually acing his SAT subject test in math. An aspiring math major at Columbia, he took a linguistics class on the recommendation of a friend, and ended up fascinated by the knotty problems of linguistic structure. After getting his B.A. in linguistics with a minor in math, he went on to earn his M.A. in linguistics from Harvard.
Alex has enjoyed teaching since high school, attending calculus and physics help sessions in the evenings to help the teacher answer questions. As an undergraduate, he worked as a teaching assistant for an introduction to linguistics class, where he helped pass on his love of the subject. At Harvard, he has led discussion sections from the introductory to the graduate level on topics as diverse as formal logic and discourse analysis.
In his spare time, Alex cooks, bakes, pickles, ferments, and cans (and eats!), watches gritty detective shows, and does the New York Times crossword.