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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 worked 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.

Since October 2020, Alexander is Associate Editor for IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities. He is currently involved in two digital humanities projects: Hansard at Huddersfield (funded by the AHRC and the UK Parliament) and Autobiographcal Acts (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). He has been peer reviewer for several journals and funding agencies, national as well as international, in the context of Digital Humanities.

Alexander is also the Course Leader for the MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Huddersfield. His own research in Nazi/Holocaust history is related to medical science in Nazi Germany, particularly in the context of military medicine. Lately, he also has started working on refugees from Nazi Germany in Britain 1933--37.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital History/Humanities
  • Spatial History/Historical Geography
  • History of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • German History (C19 and C20)
  • British History (Victorian and Edwardian)
  • 20th century European history

Research Degree Supervision

Alexander is happy to supervise research degrees in the above areas. There are opportunities particularly on the history of the Holocaust, as he is on the academic advisory board of the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre that the Holocaust Survivor Friendship Association has set up on the university campus.

Furthermore, Alexander is BSAC Advanced Diver and has obtained the Foundation Qualification in Underwater Archaeology by the Nautical Archeology Society; he is therefore happy to discuss projects related to u/w archaeology as well.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Spatial History
  • History of Nazi Germany
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Holocaust Studies


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