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 theory & critical pedagogy; 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 investigates innovative new bodies of theory — from "theory in the flesh" to "autotheory" and beyond — that rewrite the relationship between embodied experience and critical theory in the Americas. 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.

At the Townsend Center, Alex is the program coordinator for Art of Writing, and she works closely with the Course Threads program, Bear's-Eye View, and the Townsend Honors Thesis Workshop. She is a David P. Gardner Fellow at the Center for Studies in Higher Education and a Graduate Student Assessment Fellow at the Center for Teaching & Learning for the 2019-2020 academic year. She is thrilled to be guest editing a special issue of ASAP/Journal on “Autotheory” with Lauren Fournier. Read the call here: