British-Australian feminist writer and scholar whose work focuses on the intersection between feminism, queer theory and postcolonial criticism.
Sara Ahmed studies the world of everyday life as a place where power is consolidated, and therefore where it can also be called into question. In 2004 she opened the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths College (University of London), where she worked until 2016, when she left her post as professor of “Race and Cultural Studies” in protest at the university’s failure to deal with sexual harassment. Since then, she has continued her work as an independent researcher. Ahmed has been described as a prolific writer and is the author of books including Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004) and Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006). Two of her most noteworthy works are her latest book, Living a Feminist Life (2017), published in Spanish by Traficantes de Sueños, and The Promise of Happiness (2006), which won the FWSA book prize and is due to be published in Spanish by Caja Negra Editora in 2019.