Jasbir K. Puar

Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. 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, England, in Women’s Studies in 1993.

She has written widely on South Asian disaporic cultural production in the U.S., U.K., and Trinidad; gay and lesbian tourism; terrorist studies; surveillance studies; bio and necropolitics; queer theory; disability and debilitation; theories of intersectionality, affect, and assemblage; animal studies and posthumanism; homonationalism, pinkwashing, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. A redacted version of Terrorist Assemblages has been translated into French as Homonationalisme. Politiques queers après le 11 Septembre, (Editions Amsterdam, 2012). A special issue of Religion and Culture, titled Terrorist Assemblages Meets the Study of Religion: Rethinking Queer Studies (2014), was devoted to the examination of the book,

Puar’s edited volumes include “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization” (GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2002); and co-edited volumes on “Sexuality and Space” (Society and Space, 2003); “Interspecies” (Social Text, 2011); “Viral” (Women’s Studies Quarterly, 2012).

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 popular press venues such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Art India, The Feminist Review, Bully Bloggers, Jadaliyya, and Oh! Industry. Her work has been translated into Polish, French, German, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, and Danish.

Puar’s forthcoming monograph, States of Debility and Capacity (Duke University Press, 2016) takes up the relations between biopolitics, disability, and forms of active debilitation pivotal to the operations of war machines and racial capitalism. The book will be among the first to appear in a new book series, ANIMA, which she co-edits with Mel Chen (author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, Duke University Press, 2012)

Her major awards include the 2013-14 Society for the Humanities Fellowship at Cornell University, 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 honored with the Robert Sutherland Visitorship at Queens University, awarded to “a notable individual with expertise in race relations.” She has also received two awards for her graduate teaching, in 2011 from the Graduate School of Rutgers University and in 2012 from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Distinguished lectureships include the Henry Jackson Endowed Lectureship in International Relations at Whitman College (2014); the Peg Zeglin Brand Lecturer at Indiana University (2013); Whidden Lecturer at McMaster University (2013); Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University of Cairo (2012); the Institute of Women’s Studies’ Shirley Greenberg Lecture at the University of Ottawa (2012).

Along with numerous national speaking engagements, Puar has delivered international keynote addresses at Affect, Embodiment, and Politics (Barcelona, 2015); Space, Race, Bodies (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2014); Citizenship and Migration (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland); Transnational Affect Conference (London, 2014); Amsterdam Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting (Amsterdam, 2014); Gendered Citizenship Conference (Bergen, Norway, 2013); Somatechnics Missing Link Conference (Linköping, Sweden, 2013); the 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 Human Rights Beyond the Law, Jindal Global Law School (New Delhi, 2011).

She has held visiting positions in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU, the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, and Linköping University in Sweden.

Puar is also an Advisory Board member of USACBI. She participates regularly in forums on Palestinian self-determination, the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), and building solidarity coalitions. She has served on the Board of the Audre Lorde Project in NYC and is on the advisory board of numerous journals.

Currently she is working on her third book, Inhumanist Biopolitics: The Prehensive Occupation of Palestine, about the status of non-human entities and their relationships to the fields of postcolonial theory, questions of imperial occupation and settler colonialism, and disability studies. An interrogation of the emergent fields of object oriented ontology, new materialisms, and posthumanism, this project puts these otherwise geopolitically uninflected theories of object-relations into direct conversation with fields concerned with power, exploitation, and violence, and asks, How do objects occupy?

Professor Puar is also the Director of the Graduate Program of the top-ranked Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University.


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