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Professor Jasmine Donahaye

Professor Jasmine Donahaye

Professor, English Literature

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Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker
Office - 207A
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus


Jasmine Donahaye’s book Birdsplaining: a Natural History (2023) was featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Oxford Literary Festival, the Kendal Mountain Festival and the Hay Festival, among others. In 2020, her work appeared in the Modern Love column in the New York Times, and her memoir, Losing Israel (2015), won the non-fiction category of Wales Book of the Year in 2016. ‘Theft’ , a short story, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.

Before taking up her part-time post at Swansea University, she worked in the publishing sector and as Publishing Grants Officer at the Welsh Books Council. 

She is a Professor of Creative Writing, and her publications include narrative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. She was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Creative non-fiction
  • Nature writing
  • Publishing
  • British Jewish Studies
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Welsh Writing in English

Career Highlights


HB Tristram and British ornithology

Nineteenth-century travel writing on Palestine

Nineteenth-century natural history

Jews and the natural world

Award Highlights