Pedagogy

It has been Alexa’s calling to tell stories and to show others how to listen for silenced voices. She believes that storytelling makes us human because it helps us understand the human condition in different contexts—a core value of the humanities.

     An award-winning teacher, Alexa’s goal is to ensure equal access to knowledge and to further our understanding race and gender in the mobility of early modern and postmodern cultures in their literary, performative, and digital forms of expression.

     She has received the 2022 Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Assignment Design Award as well as grants for course development, such as the 2021 Online Course Development grant and the 2022 Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant which enables her to create openly licensed, open-access online interactive learning modules (news story). 

     Born in a farming village in Taiwan, and now having family also in France and the United States, Alexa has been an advocate for equity and diversity. There are two leading principles in her teaching philosophy: 

  • “Collaborative Creation of Knowledge”: is conducive to inquiry-driven learning in both in-person and remote classrooms as social spaces.
  • “Intersectional Pedagogy” gives students a voice in narratives that matter. These narratives connect students to other racialized communities, times, and places.  

     Her presence as an Asian woman in the English literature classroom, for example, has enabled students of color to feel represented, and inspired them both to examine exclusionary practices in our own times and to reevaluate Shakespeare as a gender-inclusive and anti-racist canon.

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Screening Race and Gender

Graduate Seminar

Through the lens of social justice, this seminar examines cinematic representations of embodied identities. In particular, we will focus on racialized bodies, performance of sexuality, disability narratives, transgender films, feminist adaptations, class struggle, and intersectional identities in pop culture.

Introduction to Critical Theory

Undergraduate Course

This course introduces students to theories of race, gender and sexuality that are most relevant to our contemporary political and cultural life. We will ask new questions through a carefully curated selection of key writing—from influential classics to more current works. Students will gain fluency in the conceptual frameworks associated with structuralism, ecocriticism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, post-colonialism, and feminism, with an emphasis on critical race, gender, sexuality, queer, and disability studies. 

This graduate seminar decolonizes Shakespeare studies by connecting the canon to social justice issues in the era of #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo. The classical texts are traditionally associated with colonial and patriarchal practices, but through the lenses of critical race and gender theories, we can re-interpret Shakespeare’s plays and their adaptations in a more socially inclusive manner. 

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Graduate Seminar

Graduate Seminar

Graduate Seminar

Graduate Seminar

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Undergraduate Seminar

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