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Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond

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

I work at the intersection of critical animal studies, decolonial studies and comparative race and slavery studies. Above all, I am interested in troubling the human/ animal divide, anthropocentrism and the entanglement of animalization with racialization. My publications include "A Pale Shade of Violet: Animals and Race in Machado de Assis" (Forthcoming), “Haunting Pigs, Swimming Jaguars: Mourning, Animals and Ayahuasca” 
(2020), "Slave Barracks Aristocrats: Islam and the Orient in the Work of Gilberto Freyre" (2014), “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). In addition to my scholarly publications, I have written for media including The Advocate, CounterPunch, Ms. Magazine, Truthout and Persianesque.


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


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