Alexa Huang

Dr. Alexa Huang

Professor of English, Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare
Room 750
Address: Rome Hall
Phone: 202-994-6636

Areas of Expertise

Shakespeare, globalization, Sino-European cultural exchange, literary theory, early modern and postmodern literary and performance cultures, digital humanities, transnational, Sinphone, and Chinese theatre and film


Alexa teaches in the English department, and co-founded the GW Digital Humanities Institute and directs the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare (a signature program of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences). At MIT, she is co-founder and co-director of the open access Global Shakespeares digital performance archive ( 

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. 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. 

Her latest book is Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation, co-edited with Elizabeth Rivlin (Palgrave, 2014). She is co-general editor of The Shakespearean International Yearbook, and has guest-edited special issues of the journals Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare AssociationAsian Theatre Journal, and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. She received the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, an honorable mention of NYU’s Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) Colleagues’ Choice Award. 

She chaired the MLA committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare and edits the Palgrave-Macmillan book series on “Global Shakespeares”. 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. 

Current Research


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Selected Honors

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Shakespeare, Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick, UK, 2014-2015

ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 2015-2016

George Washington University Sigur Center for Asian Studies research grant, 2015

George Washington University Columbia College of Arts and Sciences research travel grant, 2015

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for A Web Edition of Shakespeare’s King Lears; PI: Michael Best; with Andrew Griffin and Lynne Bradley, 2012-2017

George Washington University Office of the Vice President for Research University Facilitating Fund research grant, 2012

Short-term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., Spring 2012

Modern Language Association (MLA) Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Studies, 2011 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) research fellowship, 2010

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation publication grant, 2009

Selected Publications


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

Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation (co-edited with Elizabeth Rivlin, Palgrave, 2014)

Recent Articles

“Meditation on Hamlet.” Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare, ed. Wendy Grossman and Edouard Sebline. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015. pp. 174-175.  (ISBN 978-3-7757-3920-7). Accompanying the exhibition in spring 2015 at Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

“‘It is the east’: Shakespearean Tragedies in East Asia,” The Oxford Handbook to Shakespearean Tragedy, ed. Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.

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

“Shakespeare on Film in Asia.” The Shakespearean World, ed. Jill Levenson and Robert Ormsby.   Abingdon, UK: Routledge, in progress.

“Shakespearean Performance as a Multilingual Event: Alterity, Authenticity, Liminality.” In Interlinguicity, Internationality, and Shakespeare, ed. Michael Saenger. Montreal, Canada: Mc-Gill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. pp. 190-2089. 

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

”The Locality of Cultural Identity and Knowledge Production." Chung Wai Literary Quaterly 43.1 (March 2014): 191-195   


Interview, Revista da Cultura (, September 2015

Interview with Alexa Huang in Folger Library Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series, Episode 27: “Shakespeare in Hong Kong” by Michael Witmore and Neva Grant, produced by Richard Paul and edited by Gail Kern Paster, 5 July, 2015;

Interview with Alexa Huang by Helena Bachmann, “‘Thou Art Translated’”: Alexa Huang on William Shakespeare’s Enduring Global Appeal.” Simply Charly: Exploring History’s Movers and Shakers, 3 February 2015;

Quoted in Foreign Policy: “Wherefore Art Thou Luomiou? Shakespeare is booming in China. But translating the Bard’s greatest works isn’t as clear as a summer’s day” by Ross Perlin. January 19, 2015.

The Shakespeare Standard interview with Alexa Huang (“The Blotted Line” series), May 28, 2014:

Interview by Pu Bo, “Shakespeare as Methodology: A Conversation with Alexa Huang,” The Dramatist (Juzuo jia) 2014.4, pp. 141-146.