Alex Brostoff

English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian
20th & 21st century
Academic Area: 
Literature of the Americas; gender & sexuality studies; autotheory & performative philosophy; performance studies; critical pedagogy & critical theory; cultural criticism

Research Areas


Alex Brostoff is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (2009) and her M.A. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (2013) while teaching and translating at the Pan American School of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. Her dissertation reconceives of how relations between human and textual bodies are autotheorized across the Americas, both within and against the contemporary identity studies from which they emerge. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ASAP/Journal, The Believer Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Hypocrite Reader.

At Berkeley, Alex has designed and taught transdisciplinary courses in Comparative Literature, Reading & Composition, and American Cultures. A two-time recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Cal Performances Grant in arts-integrated curricula (2015, 2017), her courses span studies in the gender and sexual politics of contemporary cultural production. She has also enjoyed leading workshops on academic writing and critical pedagogy at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the GSI Teaching & Resource Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Currently, Alex is the administrative coordinator for the Art of Writing and Course Threads programs, a fellow at the Center for Teaching & Learning, and a legal interpreter (Spanish, Portuguese) at Centro Legal de la Raza and Oasis Legal Services. She is thrilled to be guest editing a special issue of ASAP/Journal on “Autotheory” with Lauren Fournier. Read the call here: