Alexandra "Alex" Juhasz is a feminist writer and theorist of media production.
Juhasz received her B.A. in American Studies and English at Amherst College in 1986. Shortly after graduating she participated in a year-long artist's program sponsored by the Whitney Museum (1987–1988). Juhasz also attended New York University and earned her doctorate with distinction in Cinema Studies (1992). She was awarded the Society for Cinema Studies' First Prize in 1993 for her doctoral dissertation: "Re-Mediating AIDS: The Politics of Community Produced Video."
Juhasz began her career at New York University in 1990 as adjunct instructor in cinema studies. From 1991 to 1994 she worked as an assistant professor (English and women's studies) at Swarthmore College.
She then took a position at Pitzer College, where she was an assistant professor from 1995 to 2003. She has been a full professor in media history, theory, and production at Pitzer College since 2003. She has also been a professor in the Cultural Studies, Art, and English Departments at Claremont Graduate University since 2003.
Juhasz teaches media production and theory at Pitzer College. Her research interests include documentary video production, women's film, and feminist film theory. She has written a variety of articles focusing on feminist issues such as teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education. Her work concentrates on online feminist pedagogy, learning from YouTube, and other common uses of digital media. Juhasz has taught courses at multiple locations and institutions including NYU, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University, and on YouTube. Her courses incorporate activist media, documentary, media archives, and feminist media. She is the co-founder, with Anne Balsamo of FemTechNet, a network of scholars and artists engaged with issues related to technology and gender.
Juhasz has produced two feature films: The Owls and The Watermelon Woman. She has also produced over a dozen educational documentaries that focus on feminist concerns ranging from teen pregnancy to AIDS, such as Video Remains.
In Fall 2011, Juhasz worked at the University of Southern California as Sabbatical Adjunct Professor, School of Cinematic Arts. Beginning in 2013, she accepted the directorship of the Monroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer.
Since Fall 2016, she is Chairperson of the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.
- Blackwell Companion to Film Studies: Documentary and Documentary Histories. Co-edited with Alisa Lebow (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Press, forthcoming 2014/16).
- Learning from YouTube. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011.
- F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing, Edited with Jesse Lerner (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).
- Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Media Transcripts from 20 interviews in feminist film and video history. (University of Minnesota Press, 2001).
- AIDS TV: Identity, Community, and Alternative Video. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995.
- "The Contained Threat: Women in Mainstream AIDS Documentary." Journal of Sex Research, 27:1, 1990. Special issue: Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality.
- Alexandra Juhasz: Resume
- Juhasz, Alexandra. "Learning from YouTube" The MIT Press
- McPherson, Tara. "Introduction: Media Studies and the Digital Humanities." Cinema Journal, 48:2, Winter 2009.
- "Alexandra Juhasz". The Huffington Post, Oct. 16, 2013
- Juhasz, Alexandra. "A Lesbian Collective Aesthetic: Making and Teaching The Owls" Signs, no. 2.1, 2010.
- "The Owls (2010)". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Hilderbrand, Lucas. "Retroactivism." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 12.2 (2006): 303-317.
- Pitzer College Website