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Shalini Puri

Visiting Professor of English, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Cornell University

Shalini Puri works on postcolonial and cultural studies of the global south with a focus on the Caribbean. Her research spans memory studies, environmental humanities, feminism, social movements, nationalism, indentureship and slavery, fieldwork, the arts, and everyday cultural practices. She is currently working on a project entitled “Poetics for Freshwater Justice: Postcards of the Caribbean Anthropocene.”  Puri is also editor of the Palgrave Macmillan interdisciplinary, literary and cultural studies series “New Caribbean Studies,” which seeks to explore Caribbean self-understandings, to intervene in the terms of global engagement with the region, and to extend Caribbean Studies’ role in reinventing various disciplines and their methodologies well beyond the Caribbean.  A founding member of the Pitt Prison Education Project, Puri is committed to diversifying the settings, methods, and reach of the humanities. She has taught Literature and Writing courses in which Pitt students and incarcerated students study together at a state prison.


The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.  Companion website: https://urgentmemory.com/

The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. (Recipient of the Gordon and Sybil Lewis Prize for Best Book in Caribbean Studies, 2005)

Edited Books

Caribbean Military Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  (co-edited with Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh)

Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (co-edited with Debra Castillo, Cornell University)

The Legacies of Caribbean Radical Politics. Routledge, 2010.

Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean. Macmillan Caribbean, 2003.

Awards and Distinctions

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award, 2023-24

Global Studies Faculty Fellowship, 2021-2022

Chancellor’s Seed Grant for Pitt Prison Education Project, 2018-2020

Provost’s Year of Engagement Award, 2020

Provost’s Award for the Year of Creativity, 2020

Provost’s Award for the Humanities, 2019, 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


Undergraduate Courses:

Senior Seminar;    Project Seminar: Water: Planet, Politics, Poetics;

World Literature in English;

Global Fictions;

Contemporary Environmental Literature;

The Modernist Tradition; I

Imagining Social Justice;

Literature of the Americas;

Literature and Migration;

Honors Theses

Graduate Courses

Interdisciplinary Methods in the Humanities

Global Literature

Literature and Revolution;

Postcolonial Discourse and Cultural Critique

Caribbean Literature; Diaspora and Trans/National Identities

MA Core Course: Practices and Texts

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