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Professor Emeritus, English

Robert Alexander, Ph.D., is is a professor of English and director of the University's writing program.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Bowdoin College
  • Master of Arts, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Doctor of Philosophy, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • English Composition I and II
  • World Literature I and II
  • History of the English Language
  • Major British Writers - Chaucer
  • Medieval Literature
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Literary Non-Fiction


Robert Alexander, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English, has been teaching at Point Park for more than 40 years. He has given numerous presentations and published several pieces on Old English and early English drama. Alexander earned a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Most recently, in the fall of 2012, he helped launch a series of new, one-credit studio writing courses designed by Sarah Perrier, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Point Park.

Research Interests

  • Documentary records of early English theater
  • Writing for young readers

Leadership and Community Service

  • Secretary, Rodef Shalom Congregation Brotherhood, 2001-2003
  • Participant, American Jewish Committee educational seminar in Israel, 1989

Professional Memberships

  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
  • Survey of Old Bath

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Co-author of the book She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer, Clarion, 2008.
  • "Culture and History in the Documents of the Percies, Earls of Northumberland," International Congress on Medieval Studies, Leeds, England, July 2005.
  • "Workshop on Preparing the Self-Study," Middle States Self-Study Institute, Oct. 2001.
  • Leader of roundtable discussion on "Multiple Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway," Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literature, Duquesne University, April 1999.
  • Author, "Bath Dramatic Records"in Dramatic Records of Somerset, including Bath, by James Stoke, University of Toronto Press, 1996.
  • "A Record of Twelfth Night Celebrations," Records of Early English Drama Newsletter, 1991.

Awards and Honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections grant, 1993
  • American Philosophical Society travel grant, 1993
  • Point Park College Research grant, 1987
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada travel grant, 1982
  • American Philosophical Society travel grant, 1982
  • Fellow, Newberry Library Summer Institute in the Archival Sciences, 1981

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