Alec is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Physical Culture and Sport Studies program. His dissertation examines the roles of ethnic sport clubs and urban geography on the development of the industrial city, c.1880-1915.
Beyond the dissertation, Alec's published research includes studies on cultural identity, urban studies, and sport performance. In addition he has presented - both domestically and internationally - on topics ranging from eighteenth century colonial sport to present issues on sport and geopolitics, with occasional diversion centered on sport, literature, and humor. He has also initiated several research projects which have received international funding and support. Currently he is working on a trans-Atlantic collaboration on the history of strength shows (with a 'living/active history component') with researchers in Ireland and the UK.
Outside of the academe, Alec is involved in rowing. He has been a rowing coach since graduating with his Bachelors in 2010. In that capacity, he focused on athlete development, both at the introductory and pre-elite stages, as well as organizational growth. He also took on voluntary consulting and advisement roles through participating in committee assignments to improve the health and safety of athletes and participants within the rowing community.