Alexa Alice Joubin is Professor of English, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Theatre and Dance, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University where she co-founded and co-directs the Digital Humanities Institute. She also holds courtesy appointments as Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT and John M. Kirk, Jr. Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English.
Her latest books include Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021), Race (co-authored, Routledge New Critical Idiom series, 2019) and Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance (co-edited, 2018).
Her teaching and publications are unified by a commitment to understanding the mobility of early modern and postmodern cultures in their literary, performative, and digital forms of expression. Some of the topics on which she has published include critical race and gender studies, Shakespeare in performance, film studies, cultural globalization, adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, Sino-Western cultural exchange, and literary theory. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, International Shakespeare Association, Folger Institute, and other agencies.
She has taught at Lincoln College, Oxford, as an early modern studies faculty of the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English (a summer graduate program) and in South Korea as distinguished visiting professor at Seoul National University, and served as former Vice President of the Association for Asian Performance and video curator of an exhibition on early modern and postmodern Sino-European cultural exchange at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
In her outreach work, Alexa has testified before congress in a congressional briefing on the humanities and globalization, and been interviewed by NPR, Washington Post, BBC 4 (TV), BBC Radio (in DC, London and Edinburgh), The Economist, Voice of America, Foreign Policy, Index on Censorship, Hay Festival, PEN festival in New York, Edinburgh Festival, and various outlets and podcasts by Oxford University Press, Folger Shakespeare Library, U.S. Department of State’s “Shakespeare Day,” and other journals, news media, and publishers in the U.S., China, Japan, Korea, and Brazil.
For her books, Alexa has received the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies; International Convention of Asian Scholars Colleagues’ Choice Book Award; honorable mention, NYU’s Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama; and Germany's Stiftung Mercator grant.