Shalini Puri works on postcolonial theory and cultural studies of the global south with an emphasis on the Caribbean. She is a member of Pitt’s Race, Poetics, and Empire research focal group. Her award-winning book The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity explores the relations amongst nationalisms, feminisms, and assesses various theories and histories of cultural hybridity. She continues to be interested in researching the cultural practices, conflicts, and solidarities which have arisen out of the overlapping African and Asian diasporas set in motion by slavery and indentureship.
Her recent book The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory studies the conflicting cultural memories of the Grenada Revolution as they surface in the arts, everyday life, landscape, and the diaspora. It explores the legacies of the Grenada Revolution for egalitarian politics in the region. More information can be found at www.urgentmemory.com
She is completing two co-edited collections: Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities (with Debra Castillo, Cornell University) (Palgrave 2016) and Caribbean Military Encounters (co-edited with Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh) (Palgrave 2016).
She is co-editor (with Kofi Campbell) of the Palgrave Macmillan series New Caribbean Studies.
Research and Publications
“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?”
Editor, The Legacies of Caribbean Radical Politics. Routledge, 2010.
(Republication of Special issue Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 12.1 (March 2010) entitled Legacies Left: Radical Politics in the Caribbean.)
The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
Editor, Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean (Macmillan, 2003).
Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Routledge Companion to Caribbean Literature (ed. Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor), Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation (ed. Belinda Edmondson), and Matikor: The Politics of Identity for Indo-Caribbean Women (ed. Rosanne Kanhai). She has also published several essays in such journals as Small Axe, Cultural Critique, Interventions, Journal of Latin American Anthropology, and ARIEL.
Seminar: Interdisciplinary Methods in the Humanities
Seminar: Global Literature
Seminar: Literature and Revolution
Seminar: Global South
Seminar: Postcolonial Globality
Seminar: Postcolonial Discourse and Cultural Critique
Seminar: Caribbean Literature
Seminar: Diaspora and Trans/National Identities
MA Core Course: Practices and Texts
World Literature in English
The Modernist Tradition
Literature of the Americas
Literature and Migration
Introduction to Critical Reading
Awards and Distinctions
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