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Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology, canine cognition, and creative nonfiction writing at Barnard College, Columbia University. She earned her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California at San Diego, and has studied the cognition of humans, rhinoceros, bonobos, and dogs. For seventeen years she shared her home with an unwitting research subject, Pumpernickel, a wonderful mixed breed. Now her Dog Cognition Lab studies the behavior of owned dogs to keep discovering what they see, smell, and know.

Before her scientific career, Horowitz worked as a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and served on the staff of The New Yorker. Her latest book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, was published in 2013. She lives in New York City with her husband, young son, and two large, non-heeling dogs. 




Academic page (Barnard College)

Dog Cognition laboratory

Recent news and writing

The New Yorker magazine (by and about)

Science magazine


Time magazine

ABC's "Nature's Edge" (video features Finnegan)

Foreword for Barbara Karant's "Small Dog, Big Dog"


See my academic site for other recent writings


For Pump, always

Publicity: Scribner
Speaking engagements: Kris Dahl, ICM