Alexa teaches Shakespeare, performance, film, literary theory and globalization studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 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.



Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford University

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MIT Global Shakespeares open-access digital video archive, http://globalshakespeares.mit.edu/

Upcoming Talks and Conferences


Keynote: “Teaching Global Shakespeare and Non-Linear Thinking through Digital Humanities,” University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, February 21-22, 2020
Strode Program in Renaissance Studies Symposium on “The Future of Teaching Shakespeare.” The Symposium aims to generate a lively discussion of innovative techniques for teaching Shakespeare and early modern literature, with a forward-looking gaze that considers the future of our discipline capaciously and inclusively.


TED Plenary: Global Change through Shakespeare, Fulbright Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2019
When history is held hostage by politics, when human rights are violated, story-telling helps restore dignity to what it means to be human. When William Shakespeare’s plays move through different cultures, they reveal unexamined assumptions about human nature and tell surprising stories about globalization.



“Transgender Theory and Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Association of America annual conference, Washington, D.C., 1:30-3 pm, April 18, 2019
Panel organized by Alexa Alice Joubin: What difference might it make for queer or transgender performers to play Viola in Twelfth Night, Jaquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Rosalind in As You Like It ? Is female-to-male cross-dressing liberating? Are all-female productions of Shakespeare empowering? What is the root of transmisogyny in feminist discourses? Moving chronologically from trans studies in early modern to our contemporary contexts, the panel brings emerging developments in trans studies to bear on Shakespeare’s plays, especially instances of socially-oriented interpretations of queer-bodied representations. //// Chair: Sujata Iyengar //// Alexa Alice Joubin, “Shakespeare and Transgender Theory” //// Simone Chess, “Trans Residue: Nonbinary Affect and Boy Actors’ Adult Careers” //// Colby Gordon, “A Woman’s Prick: Trans Technogenesis in Sonnet 20” //// Lisa Starks, “Trans-cultures: Feminisms, Transgender theory, and Shakespeare Studies” //// Will Fisher, Respondent

“Can World Literature Go Beyond the Nation State?” University of Virginia, Wilson 142, 3 pm, Monday October 1, 2018



“Cultural Interpretations,” a workshop at the “Critically Contemporary” Conference, Stratford Festival, 10 am September 29, 2018 (Studio Theatre, 34 George Street East, Stratford, Canada);     https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/Learn/UniversityAndCollege/CriticallyContemporary



Pre-show talk, Yukio Ninagawa’s Macbeth, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center New York, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10023:   6:15 pm Saturday July 21, 2018   ::: open to the public :::   https://www.lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart-festival/show/ninagawa-macbeth




MIT Global Shakespeares: A New Interface.” Digital Exhibit, Shakespeare Association of America annual convention, Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 10 am – 1:30 pm, Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles


La Société Française Shakespeare conference, Paris, 19 January, 2018: “‘Double Kisses’: Ophelia as an Assertive Victim in Asian Films.”


Disembodied Voices in British Biopics: The King’s Speech and The Theory of Everything at the Cross­-Roads of Fiction and Body Politics,” Composing Disability 2018: Crip Politics and the Crisis of Culture, Friday March 23, 2:45-4:15 pm, Marvin Center 405, George Washington University



2018 MLA Presidential Themed session 54. The Ethics of Progressive Shakespeare. Sheraton Times Square. Room: Sutton Place. 1:45-3:00 pm January 4.
1. The Ethics of Digital Publication and Global Shakespeare Studies, Laura Estill
2. Global Shakespeare, Dramatic Form, and the Ethics of ‘Progress’, Katherine Schaap Williams
3. Ethics of Global Shakespeare Pedagogy, Ema Vyroubalova
4. How to Read a (Digital) Shakespeare Play, Elizabeth Pentland

Presiding:   Alexa Alice Joubin


2018 MLA session 151. Four Hundred Years of King Lear: Sources and Performance.  Chaired by Eric Rassmusen and organized by the Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Sheraton Times Square: Riverside Ballroom. 5:15-6:30 pm, January 4.
            Celebrating the publication of the Richard Knowles’s landmark edition of the New Variorum King Lear, the panel will engage the reception history of the play over the last four centuries: beginning with the original source material (Douglas Bruster), to early adaptations (Richard Strier), to the play’s reception by major philosophers (Bruce Krajewski), to its performance history in the theatre (Scott O’Neil), in new media (Alexa Alice Joubin), and in the Arab world (Madiha Hannachi).


Power of the Arts: From Propaganda to Free Speech. May 2, 2017, 7 pm in Brooklyn, NY
“Part of Shakespeare Lives and in partnership with PEN America World Voices Festival 2017, Index on Censorship and the British Council, this event will explore the power of theatre, literature and journalism to promote free speech. Using the work of Shakespeare as a starting point, we will consider the various ways in which his work has been used throughout the centuries to channel dissent and how his voice resonates in today’s debates on openness, creativity and free speech.”


Symposium on Macbeth, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sunday May 7, 2017, 1-4 pm, Sydney Harman Hall, Washington DC
Shakespeare’s Macbeth reaches beyond historical storytelling and creates a fictional space that explores real political questions. As Shakespeare’s work is produced globally over the centuries, the explorations shift. Join Macbeth ensemble actor, writer and activist Anu Yadav in conversation with the George Washington University scholar of Shakespeare and international affairs Alexa Alice Joubin and Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University Gibson Cima. Moderated by Hannah Hessel Ratner.



“Kore’eda Hirokazu’s After the Storm: Cinematic Deconstructions of Core Family.” Cinema Club, Avalon Theatre, Washington, D.C., March 26, 2017

“Can the Biopic Subjects Speak? Disembodied Voices in The King’s Speech and The Theory of Everything.” The 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, September 26-27, 2016

Open Access in the Disciplines, George Washington University Gelman Library, October 6, 2016

2017 MLA, session 587. Commemorating “National Poets”: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu (Franklin 3, Philadelphia Marriott), 1:45-3:00 pm, Saturday, 7 January 2017









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