After spending nine years in Marsberg, Germany and completing his Abitur in Warburg, Germany (2001), Alex returned to his native US. He completed a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Applied Political Economy, as well as a BA in German Studies at the University of Arizona. He continued in the program in Tucson to earn his MA in German Studies in 2008, and then moved on to the Ohio State University where he earned his Ph.D. in 2014. His dissertation examines the ways in which a purported clash between religion and secularism is envisioned and understood. As a researcher, he is particularly interested in contemporary social theory and ethics. He is in the beginning stages of a book project that elaborates the idea of articulation and articulacy as a useful link between philosophy and literary criticism. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 2013 to 2015, expanding on research interests in sports culture and collective identity. He began teaching at Baylor University in 2015.