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Ph.D., Ethnic Studies - designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality, University of California - Berkeley, 1999
M.A., Women's Studies, University of York, England, 1994
B.A., Economics and German, Rutgers University, 1989
Critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, feminist globalization studies, immigration and diasporas, queer studies, sexualities studies.
Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and an M.A. from the University of York (UK) in Women’s Studies in 1993. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; South Asian cultural studies; and theories of assemblage and affect.
Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times(Duke University Press 2007), winner of the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, which has been translated into French asHomonationalisme. Politiques queers après le 11 Septembre, (Editions Amsterdam, 2012).
Her edited volumes include “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization” (GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies); and co-edited volumes on “Sexuality and Space” (Society and Space); “Interspecies” (Social Text); “Viral” (Women’s Studies Quarterly). Her articles appear in Gender, Place, and Culture, Radical History Review, Socialist Review, Feminist Legal Studies, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Feminist Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She also writes for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Art India, The Feminist Review, Bully Bloggers, Jadaliyya, and Oh! Industry. Her writings have been translated into Polish, German, Croatian, and Danish.
Puar’s forthcoming monograph, Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity, takes up questions of disability in the context of theories of bodily assemblages that trouble intersectional identity frames.
Her major awards include the Edward Said Chair of American Studies 2012-13 at the American University of Beirut, a Rockefeller Fellowship at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center (1999-2000) and a Ford Foundation grant for archival and ethnographic documentation work (2002-2003). She received the 2013 Modern Languages Association Gay Lesbian/Queer Caucus Michael Lynch Award for her years of scholar-activist work. In January 2013 she was awarded the Robert Sutherland Visitorship at Queens University, given to “a notable individual with expertise in race relations.” She has also received two awards for her graduate teaching, from the Graduate School of Rutgers University and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, respectively.
Recent distinguished lectureships include the Whidden Lecturer at McMaster University (2013) and the Institute of Women’s Studies’ Shirley Greenberg Lecture at the University of Ottawa (2012). Puar has delivered keynote addresses in a range of contexts, for example: Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association conference (Adelaide 2012); Gender, Violence and Agency in the Age of Globalization Conference (Vienna, 2012); the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference (George Mason, 2012) and the Human Rights Beyond the Law, Jindal Global Law School (New Delhi, 2011).
- Edward Said Chair of American Studies, American University of Beirut, 2012–13
- Modern Languages Association GL/Q Caucus Michael Lynch Service Award, 2013
- Robert Sutherland Visitorship Award, Queens University, 2013
- Northeast Universities Association of Graduate Schools Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, 2012
- Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, The Graduate School, Rutgers University, 2011
- Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award for Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, 2007
- Fellow, Society of the Humanities, Cornell University, 2013–2014
- IRW Fellowship, Diaspora and Migration, Rutgers University, 2005–2006
- IRW/IWL Fellowship, Gender-Race-Ethnicity in Local and Global Contexts, Rutgers University, 2001–2002
- Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 1999–2000
- Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 1998–1999
- Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Berkeley, 1998-1999
- Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Berkeley, 1994-98
- Rutgers Research Council Grant, 2004
- Ford Foundation Grant, 2002
- Rutgers Undergraduate Research Fellows Grant, 2001
- Center for South Asian Studies Travel Award, UC Berkeley, 1997
- Humanities Graduate Research Grant, UC Berkeley, 1997
- Center for South Asian Studies Travel Award, UC Berkeley, 1996
- Caribbean Field Research Grant Award, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, 1995
- ERASMUS Award for study at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1993
2011 "Interspecies," co-edited with Julie Livingston, Social Text 106, Vol. 29, No 1, Spring 2011.
2003 "Sexuality and Space," co-edited with Louisa Schein and Dereka Rushbrook, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 21 no. 4, 2003.
2002 "Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization" guest editor, double issue, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 8(1-2) Winter 2002.
2013 "Homonationalism Gone Viral," Journal of Indian Legal Studies, forthcoming, Spring
2012 "Precarity Talk: A Virtual Roundtable with Judith Butler, Lauren Berlant, Bojana Cvejic, Isabell Lorey, Jasbir Puar, and Ana Vujanovic," in Theater Drama Review 56:4 (T216) Winter.
"Viral: An Introduction," co-authored with Patricia Clough, Women's Studies Quarterly, Vol. 40 Nos 1-2, (Spring/Summer 2012): 13-26.
"'I Would Rather Be A Cyborg Than a Goddess': Becoming-Intersectional of Assemblage Theory," PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 2.1 (2012): 49-66.
2011 "The Cost of Getting Better: Suicide, Sensation, Switchpoints," GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 18.1 (Fall 2011): 149-158.
—-reprinted in Lennard J. Davis, The Disability Studies Reader, 4th edition, Routledge, 2012.
"Citation and Censorship: The Politics of Talking about the Sexual Politics of Israel," Feminist Legal Studies, Vol 19 No 2.
—reprinted in Jana Husman et al, eds., Fundamentalism and Gender, forthcoming 2013.
"Interspecies: An Introduction," co-authored with Julie Livingston, Social Text 106, Spring 2011: 3-14.
2010 "Ecologies of Sex, Sensation, and Slow Death," Social Text Web, November 22, 2010. www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2010/11/ecologies-of-sex-sensation-and-slow-death.php
2009 "Affect" co-authored with Ann Pellegrini, Social Text 100, vol 27, No. 3, Fall 2009: 35-38.
"Prognosis Time: Towards a Geopolitics of Affect, Debility, and Capacity," Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 19(2): 161-172.
"Chutney to Queer and Back: Trinidad 1995-1998," Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Issue 3, November, 2009: 1-10.
2006 "Mapping U.S. Homonormativities," Gender, Place, Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, vol 13, no. 1, February 2006: 67-88.
2005 "Queer Times, Queer Assemblages" Social Text vol 23, no. 3-4, Fall 2005: 121-140.
—reprinted in Ruthann Robson, ed., Sexuality and Law: Sexual Freedom III, Ashgate, 2011.
"On Torture: Abu Ghraib," Radical History Review 93 (1) Fall 2005: 13-38.
—reprinted in Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Hong, eds., Feminist and Queer Information Studies, forthcoming, 2012.
2004 "The Remaking of a Model Minority: Perverse Projectiles under the Spectre of (Counter)Terrorism" co-authored with Amit Rai, Social Text 80 22(3) Fall 2004: 75-104.
"Abu Ghraib: Arguing Against Exceptionalism," Feminist Studies 30, No.2 (Summer 2004): 1-14.
—reprinted in Barbara Balliet, ed, Women, Culture and Society, 5th edition, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2007.
2003 "Sexuality and space: queering geographies of globalization," co-authored with Dereka Rushbrook and Louisa Schein, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 21 no. 4, 2003: 383-387.
2002 "Feminist Problematization of Rights Language and Universal Conceptualizations of Human Rights," co-authored with Isabelle Barker, Concilium: International Journal for Theology 2002/5: 64-76. (published simultaneously in Italian, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish).
—reprinted in Barbara Balliet, ed., Women, Culture and Society, 4th edition, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2004: 608-616.
"A Transnational Feminist Critique of Queer Tourism," Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. vol 34 no 5: 935-946.
"Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots" co-authored with Amit Rai, Social Text 72 20(3) Fall 2002: 117-148.
"Introduction: Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 8(1-2) Winter 2002: 1-6.
"Circuits of Queer Mobility: Tourism, Travel, and Globalization," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 8(1-2) Winter 2002: 103-139.
— translated into Croatian: "Krugovi homosekualne pokretljivosti-turizam, putovanja i globalizacija." Treca, vol.3, no. 1-2, 2001: 357-374.
2001 "Global Circuits: Transnational Sexualities and Trinidad," SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 26(4) Summer 2001:1039-1066.
1994 "Writing My Way 'Home': Traveling South Asian Bodies and Diasporic Journeys," Socialist Review 94/4: 75-108.
"Resituating Discourses of 'Whiteness' and 'Asianness' in Northern England: Second Generation Sikh Women and Constructions of Identity," Socialist Review 94/1+2: 21-54.
—reprinted in Mary Maynard and June Purvis, eds., New Frontiers in Women's Studies: Knowledge, Identity, and Nationalism, London: Taylor and Francis, 1996: 127-150.
2011 "Ich ware lieber eine Cyborg als eine Gottin": Intersktionalitat, Assemblage, und Affektpolitik," in Isabel Lorey, Roberto Nigro, and Gerald Raunig, eds., Inventionen, Zurich: diaphanes, 2011: 253-270.
2004 "Transversal Circuits: Transnational Sexualities and Trinidad," in Lise Nelson and Joni Seager, eds., A Companion to Feminist Geography, London: Blackwell, 2004.
2001 "Transnational Configurations of Desire: The Nation and its White Closets," in Matt Wray et. al., eds., The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness," Durham: Duke University Press, 2001:167-183.
1998 "Transnational Sexualities: South Asian Trans/Nationalisms and Queer Diasporas," in David Eng and Alice Hom, eds., Q & A: Queer in Asian America, Philadelphia: Temple U.P., 1998: 405-422.
— translated into German: in Die Politik sexueller Räume Eds. Matthias Haase, Marc Siegel, and Michaela Wünsch, Berlin: b_books Verlag, 2005.
1996 "Nicaraguan Women, Resistance, and the Politics of Aid," in Haleh Afshar, ed., Women and Politics in the Third World, London: Routledge, 1996: 73-92.
- “Interview mit der Queer-Theoretikerin Jasbir K. Puar zu Fragen des Posthumanismus,” Springerin 2013, by Tim Stüttgen. (also available online atEurozine) —translated into Swedish. ”Homonationalism och posthumanism: Introduktion till Jasbir K Puar.” Ord & Bild 1/2 (2013): 48-56.
- “Liberalisme en onderdrukking van de ander” on grenzeloos.org
- “Fanget i en liberal fantasi om evigt fremskridt” on Modkraft
- “Queer’en er blevet en del af Vestens fortælling om sig selv” on Information.dk
- Community Morning Radio Montreal ( audio link on ckutmorningafter.wordpress.com )
- “Die ganze Geschichte” on Der Freitag
- Leben Nach Migration: ( pdf on migrationstrat.de )
- “No Pride in Occupation” NCRA Program Exchange: ( audio link on ncra.ca )
- “Q and A with Jasbir Puar,” in darkmatter: in the ruins of imperial culture, May.
- “Oppressor and Oppressed – Rethinking the Binary. Jasbir Puar discusses Domestic Violence in the South Asian Queer Community,” Trikone Magazine, July 2000, 15(3): 10-11.
- “Academic and Activist Assemblages: An Interview with Jasbir Puar,” American Quarterly Volume 64, Number 4, December 2012 by Naomi Greyser