Founding Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of Graduate Studies in English, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare and Professor of English, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures and International Affairs
Alexa (Alex) Huang is Founding Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program, Director of Graduate Studies in English, and Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A recipient of the Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize in Comparative Literary Studies, she is a General Editor of the Shakespearean International Yearbook; Chair of the MLA committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare; Performance Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions; and co-founder and co-director of Global Shakespeares digital archive (http://globalshakespeares.org/). Her publications in German, English, and Chinese on Shakespeare, intercultural performance, and globalization have been supported by the ACLS, ISA, Folger Institute, NEH, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and several other institutions and agencies. He has made guest appearances on BBC Radio, BBC TV, and other television and radio programs to discuss Shakespeare, digital humanities, cultural translation and diaspora, and Sinophone and Chinese literature.
Dr. Huang's 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. She is the author of Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press), a study of the interactions between ideas of "Shakespeare" and "China" in fiction, film, and theatre in an age of globalization. The book received the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, the Colleagues' Choice Award of the International Convention for Asian Scholars (ICAS), and an honorable mention of New York University's Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre.
Part of her work focuses on racial and national histories that connect imaginative writing to performances on stage and on screen, which led to the publication of Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization), Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace (Purdue University Press; co-edited), Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance (co-edited), and Sourcebook of Chinese and Sinophone Literary Studies in North America in the New Millennium (co-edited). She has served as the guest editor of special issues of Shakespeare (Journal of the British Shakespeare Association), Asian Theatre Journal, and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, and has contributed to MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Journal, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Yearbook, China Review International, Shakespeare Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, The Shakespearean International Yearbook, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, World Literature Today, and Asian Theatre Journal, among other peer-reviewed journals and books from Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, and other publishers.