Erika Hayasaki

Erika Hayasaki is a contributing editor for Narratively, and a professor in the Literary Journalism Program at UC Irvine. She is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life.

Stories By Erika Hayasaki

Secret Life of the Professor Who Lives with Nazis

Sociologist Peter Simi has spent 20 years embedding with skinheads. As hate crimes spike across America, his intimate insights are more crucial than ever.

Sweaty as Hell, and Staring Down Death

Said to mimic end-of-life experiences, an ancient Native American sweat lodge ceremony has drawn new devotees, all eager to understand what it feels like to die.