Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond

Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, University of California San Diego

I work at the intersection of critical animal studies, decolonial studies and Brazilian literature and culture. My publications include “Haunting Pigs, Swimming Jaguars: Mourning, Animals and Ayahuasca” 
(2019), “Akbar Stole My Heart: Coming Out as an Animalist” (2013), "White Negritude: Race, Writing and Brazilian Cultural Identity" (2008) and "The Masters and the Slaves: Plantation Relations and Mestizaje in American Imaginaries" (Editor, 2005). My current book project, “Home Sick,” blends theory with creative nonfiction to meditate on grief, end of life, the medical-industrial complex, Islamophobia and the commodification of (human and nonhuman) animals. In addition to my scholarly publications, I have written for popular media including The Advocate, CounterPunch, Ms. Magazine, Truthout and Persianesque.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, University of California San Diego

Education

  • 2000 
    U.C. Berkeley, PhD / Comparative Literature