Leah Mirakhor

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Lecturer in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) and the Program in American Studies

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leah Mirakhor’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Bookforum, The Times Literary Supplement, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Yale Review, African American Review, The James Baldwin Review, and Studies in American Jewish Literature.


American, African American, Contemporary Literature, World Anglophone, Novel, Non-Fiction Prose, Literature & Visual Art, Twentieth Century


-“A Problem Shared: Feeling Jewish,” The Yale Review, April 2018.

-“Edwidge Danticat Writes into The Unknown in the Art of Death,” The Los Angeles Times, July 2017.

-“The Terror of White Innocence: Review of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears,”  The Los Angeles Review of Books, Apr. 2017.

-“After the Revolution to the War on Terror: Iranian Jewish American Literature in the United States,”Studies in American Jewish Literature 35.1 (2016): 52-76.

-“Intimate with the Enemy: Why You Ought to Have Lunch With a Bigot,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dec. 2015.

“The Hoodie and the Hijab: Arabness, Blackness, and the Figure of Terror,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, June, 2015.

-“Resisting the Temptation to Give Up: James Baldwin, Robert Adams, and the Disavowal of the American Way of Life,” African American Review 46.4 (Winter 2013): 653-70.


EER&M 401/AMST 443  “Writer as Rioter: Public Writing in the 21st Century” 

ER&M 402/AMST 479 “The Displaced: Migrant and Refugee Literature in 20th and 21st Century” 

ER&M 339/AMST 388/WGSS 332 “James Baldwin After 1964”