Alexa Alice Joubin

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Alexa Alice Joubin

Professor of English, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Theatre, Intl' Affairs, & East Asian Languages & Literatures; Co-director, Digital Humanities Institute & Taiwan Education & Research Program; affiliate faculty, Institute for Korean Studies

Full-time Faculty


As a Public Interest Technology Scholar Program fellow and an affiliate at the Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law and Society (TRAILS), Alexa Alice Joubin is a leading voice in generative AI and social justice issues. She is the inaugural recipient of the bell hooks Legacy Award and holder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. She writes about artificial intelligence (AI), race, gender, globalization, Taiwan and Sinophone diaspora studies, cultural diplomacy, and film and theatre. The bell hooks Award recognizes her achievements in “dismantling intersectional systems of oppression with the distinct goals of uplifting members of historically marginalized populations and striving for social justice,” through her “groundbreaking work that speaks to our moment in history and our hope for the future” and her public scholarship, use of generative AI tools as assistive technology in class, open-access publications, and inclusive pedagogies. The recipient of George Washington University's Trachtenberg Research Award, Dr. Joubin is the co-author of Race (2018) and the author and editor of 24 books on global feminism, critical race theory, and performance studies.


public interest technology, artificial intelligence (AI), race, gender, globalization, Taiwan and Sinophone diaspora studies, East Asian studies, cultural diplomacy, film and theatre, feminism, transgender theory

  • Public Interest Technology Scholar Program fellow
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair, UK
  • Fulbright Ambassador
  • American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship
  • ACLS / NEH Research Fellowship
  • John M. Kirk, Jr. Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English
  • Trachtenberg Research Award
  • Bell hooks Legacy Award
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Award
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant
  • University of Essex (UK) International Visiting Fellowship
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange grant
  • Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Assignment Design Award
  • Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • ACLS Visiting Scholar, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Research Affiliate, University of Witwatersrand's Tsikinya-Chaka Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

Digital Humanities Projects:

Global Shakespeares,

Internet Shakespeare Editions,

Digital Renaissance Editions,

Renaissance Knowledge Network,

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

Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021),


Race (Routledge, 2019),


Screening Shakespeare, an open-access textbook (2022),


Onscreen Allusions to Shakespeare (2022),


Sinophone Adaptations of Shakespeare: An Anthology, 1987-2007 (2022),


Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation (2014),…


Screening Anti-Asian Racism: Gendered and Racialized Discourses in Film and Television,” Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature 19.1 (2022): 167-180.


“Anti-Asian Racist Misogyny in Science Fiction Films,” The American Mosaic: The Asian American Experience (Bloomsbury ABC-CLIO, 2022). Digital Database


““Deconstructing Compulsory Realpolitik in Cultural Studies: An Interview with Alexa Alice Joubin,” The American Journal of Chinese Studies 28.2 (October, 2021): 115-130.


Trans as Method: The Sociality of Gender,” Borrowers and Lenders 14.2 (2023).


Screening Social Justice,” Adaptation 14.2 (2021): 187–205


Performing Commemoration: The Cultural Politics of Locating Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare,” Asian Theatre Journal 36.2 (Fall 2019): 275-280


Intercultural Theatre and Shakespeare Productions in Asia, in Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre, ed. Siyuan Liu. New York: Routledge, 2016. pp. 504-526


““Familiar Ambiguity: The Value of the Humanities in a Globalized World,” Signal House 10, 2021


Can the Biopic Subjects Speak? Disembodied Voices in The King’s Speech and The Theory of Everything,” A Companion to the Biopic, ed. Deborah Cartmell and Ashley D. Polasek (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020), 269-282


“Afterword: Towards a regional methodology of culture,” Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries, ed. Nely Keinänen and Per Sivefors (London: Bloomsbury, 2022), 291-296.


"Something Out of Nothing: On Improvisation and Theater by Lai Shengchuan (Stan)." In Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan, ed. Sung-sheng Yveonne Chang, Michelle Yeh, Ming-ju Fan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), pp. 368-373


"The Brave New World of the Mother Tongue: Taiwanese-language Literature Under Construction." In Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan, ed. Sung-sheng Yveonne Chang, Michelle Yeh, Ming-ju Fan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), pp. 440-441


"Encountering Shakespeare, Imagining China." A New Literary History of Modern China, ed. David Wang. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, in press.


Co-authored with Angelica Duran. “Mo Yan’s Work and the Politics of Literary Humor.” In Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller, ed. Angelica Duran and Yuhan Huang. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2014. pp. 153-16