Alexandra Horowitz

Canine cognition researcher, writer
Alexandra Horowitz is keen to understand the mind of the dog.

Why you should listen

Alexandra Horowitz has long been interested in understanding the world as it's experienced by other animals, and her research and writing is aimed to answer the question of what it's like to be a dog. She has also written about the joys of paying attention to the ordinary (in On Looking); the pleasures of footnotes and the veracity of animal characters in childrens' books (for The New York Times); and working dogs and show dogs (for the New Yorker).

Horowitz is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing and audio storytelling. As senior research fellow, she heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard.

Alexandra Horowitz’s TED talk