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Alexa Huang

Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs
Room 750
Address: Rome Hall
801 22nd St., N.W.
Phone: 202-994-6180

Areas of Expertise

Film and performance criticism, Shakespeare, globalization, translation studies, modern China and Taiwan, Chinese and Sinophone literature and drama, literary theory, diaspora studies, digital humanities


Alexa Huang teaches and writes extensively about cultural globalization. At GW she is also affiliated with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Her first book, Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press), is 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 publications of Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace (Purdue University Press; co-edited) and Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance (co-edited). She has also contributed to MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Journal, Shakespeare, China Review International, Comparative Literature Studies, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, World Literature Today, and Asian Theatre Journal, among other peer-reviewed journals and books.

She has served the Asian studies community in his roles as the Vice President of the Association for Asian Performance (AAP), Vice President and President of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS), and book review editor ofChinese Literature Today.

Her research has been supported by several institutions and grant agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, China Times Cultural Foundation, International Shakespeare Association, Folger Institute, Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University, and others. Further projects underway include a book on literary humor and a book on ethics and intercultural performance. She has appeared on BBC Radio, BBC TV, and other television and radio programs to discuss cultural globalization.


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Joint Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies of Humanities, Stanford University


Book Series Editor: Palgrave Macmillan's "Global Shakespeares" series

Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag,  2012). 

Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press, 2009/2011)

Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, co-edited with Charles Ross (Purdue University Press, 2009)