Shalini Puri works on postcolonial theory and cultural studies of the global south with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Her research spans memory studies, feminism, marxism, nationalism, fieldwork, the arts, everyday cultural practices, and activism. She continues to be interested in studying the cultural practices, conflicts, and solidarities that have arisen out of the overlapping African and Asian diasporas set in motion by slavery and indentureship.
She is a member of Pitt’s Race, Poetics, and Empire research group.
She is co-editor (with Kofi Campbell) of the Palgrave Macmillan series New Caribbean Studies.
As a core member of the recently formed Pitt Prison Education Project, she has taught a Literature course in which Pitt students and incarcerated students studied together at a state prison. Read more on the Pitt Prison Education Project and Puri's course in it here. To see a short video of student reflections, click here.
Research and Publications
The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Studies the conflicting cultural memories of the Grenada Revolution as they surface in the arts, everyday life, landscape, and the diaspora. Explores the legacies of the Grenada Revolution for egalitarian politics in the region. Related material and reviews at www.urgentmemory.com
The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Awarded the Gordon and Sybil Lewis Prize for Best Book in Caribbean Studies, 2005
Explores the relations amongst nationalisms and feminisms, and assesses various theories, histories, and poetics of cultural hybridity.
Caribbean Military Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
(co-edited with Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh)
A collection of essays from across the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that explores the many ways in which Caribbean people in art, activism, and everyday life negotiate the experience of militarization.
Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
(co-edited with Debra Castillo, Cornell University)
A collection of essays that seeks to articulate, share, and develop practices and understanding of fieldwork in the humanities, where there is as yet no shared public discourse about the role that fieldwork can play.
The Legacies of Caribbean Radical Politics. Routledge, 2010.
Republication as book of special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 12.1 (March 2010).
Explores the cultural and political landscapes of the contemporary Caribbean fifty years after the Cuban Revolution and thirty years after the Grenadian Revolution.
Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean. Macmillan Caribbean, 2003.
Explores the cultural practices, identities, conflicts, and alliances that emerge out of intra-Caribbean migration.
“Base Impulses: Sex Work and the Military in Trinidadian Literature on World War Two.” Caribbean Military Encounters. Ed. Shalini Puri and Lara Putnam. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
“Afterword.” Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought. Ed. Gabrielle Hosein and Lisa Outar. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
“(Mine) Fields of Memory: A Response to Don Robotham.” Social and Economic Studies 65.1 (March 2016): 199-206.
“Introduction: Conjectures on Undisciplined Research” (with Debra Castillo). Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, Approaches to the Global South. Ed. Debra Castillo and Shalini Puri. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
“Finding the Field: Notes on Caribbean Cultural Criticism, Area Studies, and the Forms of Engagement.” Small Axe 41 (July 2013): 58-73; special issue on “What is Caribbean Studies?”
“Memory-Work, Field-Work: Reading Merle Collins and the Poetics of Place.” Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Ed. Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor. 490-98. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Other essays have appeared in the anthologies Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation (ed. Belinda Edmondson), and Matikor: The Politics of Identity for Indo-Caribbean Women (ed. Rosanne Kanhai). Puri has also published several essays in such journals as Small Axe, Cultural Critique, Interventions, Journal of Latin American Anthropology, and ARIEL.
“Discrepant Internationalisms: Genre, Imagination, and Memory of the Grenada Revolution." Plenary Roundtable on International Law, Revolution, and Global Imaginaries. Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference. June 2-3, 2018.
"Marx and the Humanities." Closing event in series "Karl Marx at 200: The Future of Capitalism and Cultural Studies.” Humanities Center, Carnegie Mellon University. May 30, 2018.
“Works Uncited: A Love Letter from the Humanities.” Keynote Address. Workshop on Literature, Fieldwork, and the Social Sciences, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Mar. 13-14, 2018.
“Memory-Work and the Grenada Revolution: A Love Letter from the Humanities.” Annual Walter Rodney Lecture. University of Warwick. Oct. 25, 2016.
“Beyond Tragedy: The Grenada Revolution and Genres of Remembrance.” Institute of the Americas, University College of London. Oct. 28, 2016.
Senior Seminar; Junior Seminar; World Literature in English; The Modernist Tradition; Imagining Social Justice; Literature of the Americas; Literature and Migration; Introduction to Critical Reading; Freshman Composition; Honors Theses
Seminars: Interdisciplinary Methods in the Humanities; Global Literature; Literature and Revolution; Global South; Postcolonial Discourse and Cultural Critique; Caribbean Literature; Diaspora and Trans/National Identities MA Core Course: Practices and Texts
Awards and Distinctions
Chancellor's Seed Grant for Pitt Prison Education Project, 2018-2020
Provost’s Award for the Humanities, 2015
Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Humanities Grant, 2017
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Scholarship and Research Grant, 2013
Humanities Center Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, 2013
Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010
University Center for International Studies Faculty Fellowship, 2008
Gordon and Sybil Lewis Award for Best Book in Caribbean Studies, 2005