Nandini Thiyagarajan is a Faculty Fellow of Environmental and Animal Studies within the Environmental Studies Department at NYU. Her current book project is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the relationship between migration, race, gender and sexuality, animals, and climate change. Situated in the environmental humanities, animal studies, Asian Diasporic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race studies, her work articulates what is shared between human and animal migration, and how in the Anthropocene the growing precariousness of home and habitat impacts both humans and animals. Her dissertation examined animals in Asian Diasporic literature, arguing that animals are intimately tied to belonging, identity, and history.
One of her articles, "'Like Words Printed on Skin': Desire, Animal Masks, and Multispecies Relationships in Monique Truong's The Book of Salt," is published in an edited collection, Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature. She has work forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies and The Palgrave Handbook of Animals in Literature.