Alex Saum-Pascual is Associate Professor of Spanish and New Media at UC Berkeley. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries) and Electronic Literature (Digital Humanities). She received her Ph.D in Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.
Professor Saum-Pascual teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on Post Civil-War Spanish culture, digital media, and literature (digital or not) combining the study of literary texts with other cultural products of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught courses exploring the role of media on the construction of the Spanish imaginary, the importance of television shows and their adaptation of social realists works, and the role of theater, popular music, or digital and social media, as means of protest and artistic expression. She is particularly keen in the study of electronic literature (digital prose and poetry), which she has taught at all levels.
Her research expands on the relationship between literature and digital technologies as these shape contemporary writing. Her book #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la Red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018) analyzes the influence of electronic writing technologies on both printed and born-digital books, exploring what this means for literary experimentalism, and for the prevalence of the literary canon in Spain, in decay since the financial and institutional crisis of 2002 and 2008. By applying a methodological scope coming from the fields of New Media and Electronic Literature, she offers a unique contribution to the field of Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to Spanish literary and cultural studies overall. She is also part of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization.
As an artist, her digital artwork has been exhibited in galleries and art festivals in the United States and abroad, and she has also curated digital art and literature exhibitions. She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media.