Alexander completed a BA in Russian/Sociology and Honors in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and completed an MA and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto. He was awarded the University of Toronto Open Fellowship from 1999-2002.
Alexander has taught various Sociology, Crime and Deviance, and Race and Ethnicity courses at Humber College, the University of Guelph-Humber, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo. He has presented papers on Russian Entrepreneurs, the Russian Mafia and Russian Jews at several conferences (ASA, CSA, ESS, Kokkalis, EGOS) in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.. Published articles on the Russian Mafia by Alexander can be found in Contemporary Justice Review, International Review of Modern Sociology, and Michigan Sociological Review. He has also published articles on Russian Jews in Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. Based on his dissertation, Alexander was also able his book, Russian Transnational Entrepreneurs: Ethnicity, Class and Capital.