Initially a physics major, Alex graduated with a BA in English from Rice University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Subsequently, he earned his PhD in English Literature from Rutgers, and his dissertation project was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize in Literature by an international committee chaired by novelist Jamaica Kincaid. He holds faculty positions at Rutgers and at Ashoka University, a liberal arts school outside of New Delhi, where he has taught courses on literary analysis, intellectual history, and expository writing.
Alex has years of experience teaching the fundamentals of writing, from crafting proper sentences to structuring research papers. Since his time as an undergraduate at Rice, he has been tutoring elementary through post-graduate students in the humanities.
When not teaching, Alex channels his interest in science, math, and literature into a book on the relationship between experiment and fiction since classical antiquity. He would love to tell you about some very old sci-fi, and why you shouldn’t ask English professors their “favorite book.”