- Professor, English
- Professor, Comparative Literature
- Professor, American Studies
- Professor, Middle Eastern Studies
- Professor, Medieval Studies
- Professor, Africana Studies
- Professor, Biography and Memoir
- Poetry and poetics, ancient, medieval and modern
- textual scholarship
- the Indigenous Americas, pre-colonial and post-colonial
- colonialism and the cultures of decolonization
- the Cold War
- the Beats, New American poetry, and African-American culture in local and international contexts
- literatures and cultures of the Middle East and the Balkans
- medieval studies
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center
- After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).
- the cairo noteboooks (Singing Horse Press, 1993).
- Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing (City Lights, 1996).
- Sarajevo Blues by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 1998).
- Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999).
- from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002).
- Nine Alexandrias by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 2003).
- Outcast, a novel by Shimon Ballas, translated from Hebrew (City Lights Press, 2007).
- Islanders (City Lights, 2010)
- "neither wit nor gold" from then (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)
Selected Recent Publications:
- a little history (re:public/UpSet Press, 2013)
- Robert Duncan in San Francisco, Michael Rumaker, co-edited (City Lights, 2013)
See Boston Review article on Alcalay’s a little history.
Alcalay is the recipient of a 2017 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for his work on Lost & Found