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Professor Joseph Pugliese is Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

KEY RESEARCH AREAS: Social justice, understood in the most expansive sense so that it includes the more-than-human world, is the superordinate term that encompasses the entirety of my research. Under this meta-rubric, my key fields of research are: law, culture and the humanities; colonialism and decoloniality; state violence, war and carcerality; race, whiteness and ethnicity; refugees and asylum seekers; bodies, science and technologies; visual culture; environmental humanities; and migration and diaspora.

Selected publications include the edited collection TransMediterranean: Diasporas, Histories, Geopolitical Spaces (Peter Lang, 2010) and the monograph Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Routledge, 2010) which was short-listed for the international Surveillance Studies Book Prize. His monograph State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones (Routledge, 2013) was nominated for the UK’s Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize 2013, the US’s Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize 2013, was awarded the MQ Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award 2013 and it received High Commendation in the MQ Research Excellence Awards 2014 and 2015. In recognition of his research on social justice, race, ethnicity and racism, he was nominated by Macquarie University for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Brandeis University, USA. He is co-founder, with Professor Suvendrini Perera, of Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites.

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Projects 2007 2016

Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler States

Pugliese, J., Perera, S., Razack, S., Inda, J. & Franklin, M.

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Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Research Output 1992 2018


Repetitions of violence: on David Dungay's and Fazel Chegeni Nejad's inquest

Perera, S. & Pugliese, J. 28 Aug 2018 In : Overland.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sexual violence

Unfinished business of the Frontier Wars

Pugliese, J. 2018 Colony: Australia 1770-1861 : Frontier Wars. Leahy, C. & Ryan, J. (eds.). Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, p. 258-267 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Aboriginal passport ceremonies as social justice praxis

Pugliese, J. 2017 Challenges to living together: transculturalism, migration, exploitation : for a semioethics of human relations. Petrilli, S. (ed.). Milan: Mimesis, p. 301-321 20 p. (Philosophy; no. 20)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Press / Media

David Dungay Coronial Inquest

Joseph Pugliese


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Social Justice work of Uncle Ray Jackson

Joseph Pugliese


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities