His thesis identifies and conceptualises the role of ‘political community’ in the Scottish royal court from 1153 to 1249. Through the application of computer assisted social network analysis methodologies, he first establishes and then analyses the forces which enabled and compelled the generation, maintenance, and termination of noble connections throughout thirteenth century Scotland. He is further interested in determining the ways in which the role of the lay and ecclesiastical noble elite changed during the reigns of William I (1165-1214) and Alexander II (1214-1249), and how this change affected royal policy and administration.
Alexander is an experienced conference delegate and organiser. He is the co-founder and senior editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Granite, and has been the History Department PG Seminar Series convener at the University of Aberdeen since 2015.