Dr. Wainer has been interested in mass media his whole life. After getting his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Valdosta State University, he pursued graduate studies in communication with a concentration in cinema studies at Regent University. While there, he served as film reviewer for the student-produced news program. While teaching at Milligan College in Tennessee, Dr. Wainer created the communication department's film studies minor. While in Atlanta, Ga., he taught communication at Atlanta Christian College and film at Georgia State University.
The interplay and relationships between various media has been a focus of his study and research resulting in two papers presented on the cinematic adaptation of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" at conferences of the National Communication Association in 2002 and 2003. Prior to completing his undergraduate education, Alex served in Youth With a Mission from 1976 to 1984.
For several years he has been contributing articles to Charles Colson's Breakpoint Online website (breakpoint.org), which analyzes the relationship between faith and popular culture. In 2005 and 2006, he taught at the Centurions conference near Washington D.C., which teaches Christian worldview to selected laypersons and is sponsored by Colson’s Wilberforce Forum. In the summer of 2006, he presented a paper at the National Faculty Leadership Conference in Alexandria, Va.
Dr. Wainer contributes regularly to a blog, The Culture Beat (www.theculturebeat.com) which addresses issues of faith and media.
He is married to Judith and has one son.