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Alexander is a sociologist with research interests in the fields of political economy, public health, political sociology, and development studies. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University, where he studies how borrowing countries negotiate with the International Monetary Fund over their adjustment programs, and a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is also completing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Cambridge (King’s College).
Alexander’s research agenda focuses on the determinants and effects of economic adjustment using different methodological approaches. His work on the social consequences of adjustment centers on the implications of reform paths for society and public health in a comparative perspective: What are the effects of austerity policies on population health? How do specific policies threaten access to essential welfare services? Which groups are affected the most and how? What resources can people draw on to sustain a livelihood in the face of rapid socioeconomic change? Alexander’s research on the determinants of adjustment policies seeks to contribute to debates in the field of international political economy by examining the decision-making and bureaucratic structures of international financial institutions, particularly the IMF.
Alexander’s work has appeared in academic journals like The Lancet and the European Journal of Public Health, and he has been interviewed for various media outlets, including the New York Times, Reuters, the BBC and Al Jazeera.
Before starting his PhD, Alexander worked in the private and non-profit sectors. He holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Athens.