Dr. Cheriyan Alexander is a professor of English. Dr. Alexander graduated from St. Joseph's College with a B.Sc, and went on to CMC, Vellore, where he did a PG Diploma in Medical Microbiology. Then, he shifted his academic field completely and joined MA in English at Bangalore University. He has been teaching since 1982. He earned a distinction for his M.Phil, which he did at Bangalore University as an FIP scholar, and later completed his PhD from the University. His doctoral work was on Post-War Eastern European literature, particularly 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 has edited a book of short stories by Bangalore writers entitled 'Many Rooms, Many Voices.' His essays have been included in English Textbooks of Bangalore University. He has also given several radio talks both on AIR and Gyan Vani. He has served on textbook committees of both the PU Board and Bangalore University. Dr. Cheriyan Alexander's first priority is to be an inspiring and stimulating teacher and he finds it fulfilling when his students come back and tell him that his classes gave them new insights not just into literature in English but also into many aspects of life.