Ben Alexander holds an MA in American Literature from Columbia University and a PhD in American Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Concurrent with his graduate study Alexander work as Rare Books and Manuscripts Specialist for the New York Public Library.
Alexander's teaching career includes (in chronological order): UCLA School of Information (Post-Doc), Queens College School of Information (Assistant Professor, Director of Archival Studies & Director of Special Collections for Queens College Libraries); Stanford University (Visiting Scholar Department of English and Digital Lit. Lab); Sichuan University (Associate Professor and Associate American Studies) and Harvard University (Visiting Scholar, Department of English). He has also taught seminars on Archival Studies and American Studies at universities across Europe and China.
Alexander has published articles many national journals including: the American Archivist, Archival Science, and the New England Quarterly. He has co-edited one volume Community Archives: Shaping Memory (Facet) and a special edition, Archiving Activism (Archival Science).
Currently Alexander is completing a monograph entitled, Yaddo: Shaping the American Century (Cornell University Press), and completing (as editor) a special edition of the European Journal of American Studies entitled, From Memory to Marriage: The Archive, Political Agency and the Advance of LGBTQ+ Rights in America. Alexander is beginning two new editorial projects a volume for Brill entitled, When American Television Became American Literature and a volume for Facet entitled, Activist Archivists and Archival Activisms: The Posthumous Challenge of 21st Century Social Justice.
Alexander is also working with graduate students from USC developing several (related) DH projects that assume globally comparativist perspectives: The American Century Project, The China Century Project and Imagining Reimaging Lost Cause Mythologies.