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Professor Joseph Pugliese, 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: colonialism and decoloniality; state violence, war and carcerality; more-than-human ecologies; race, whiteness and ethnicity; law, culture and the humanities; visual culture; 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 2010. 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.  With Professor Suvendrini Perera, he was a Chief Investigator on the ARC-funded transnational project, Deathscapes, on racialized state violence in settler societies: Deathscapes was shorlisted for the Council of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Distinctive Work Prize 2019. With Suvendrini Perera, he co-edited Mapping Deathscapes: Digital Geographies of Racial and Border Violence (Routledge 2022).

His most recent book is Biopolitics of the More-Than-Human: Forensic Ecologies of Violence (Duke University Press, 2020):

Winner of the 2022 IHR/ASU Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award, presented by the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University, USA: “Established in 2008, the annual award celebrates outstanding writers whose contributions to the humanities change the conversation by fostering new directions for their discipline.”


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