Adjunct Professor of English
LIU Global India Center, Bangalore, IndiaB.Sc., St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore UniversityM.A., Bangalore University
Ph.D, Bangalore University
Dr. Cheriyan Alexander is a professor of English and head of department (HOD) of English at St. Joseph's College. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the India Center of LIU Global.
Born in 1958, Dr. Alexander received most of his education in Bangalore. He graduated from St. Joseph's College with a B.Sc. in 1979 and went on to Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, where he earned his P.G. Diploma in medical microbiology. He then shifted his academic field completely and earned his M.A. in English at Bangalore University in 1980. After graduating, he joined St. Joseph's College as a lecturer in 1982 and has taught there for over 28 years. In 1988, he earned a distinction for his M.Phil., which he obtained at Bangalore University as an FIP scholar. He wrote his dissertation on the American novelist Saul Bellow and the tension between Jewish and American identities in the lives of his protagonists. In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D. from Bangalore University, where his doctoral work focused on post-war Eastern European literature and the effect of totalitarian political regimes on the region's literature.
Dr. Alexander has written on issues of literature, culture and the arts for newspapers and magazines. He edited a book of short stories by Bangalore writers titled "Many Rooms, Many Voices." One of his essays was published in the Bangalore University B.A. English textbook used from 2002 to 2004. He also has given many radio interviews on All India Radio and the Gyan Vani station.
He has served on textbook committees of both the Pre-University Board and Bangalore University. His publications include a paper on RK Narayan and the challenges of teaching English to mixed- ability classes, both published in 2008. He is often invited to speak at seminars and workshops on language and literature.
Dr. Cheriyan Alexander's first priority is to be an inspiring and stimulating teacher. He finds it fulfilling when students come back and tell him that his classes gave them new insights, not just into literature but also into many aspects of life.
European classics, American literature, Teaching of writing, Indian and American voices on the environment, culture, religion and lifestyles
- Book on the Judeo-Christian tradition and the shaping of the modern world (in progress)
- "The Teaching of English to Mixed Ability Classes," published in The Journal of the Regional Institute of English (2010)
- Essay on events in Palestine the crucial year 70 CE and their implications for the future development of Judaism and Christianity, published in Pendulum, Journal of the History Society of St. Joseph's College (2011)