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Elvira Pulitano

Elvira Pulitano

Professor, Ph.D. English

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean Studies
  • Post Colonial Literatures
  • Theories of race, ethnicity, migration
  • Human rights discourse

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About Elvira Pulitano

Dr. Pulitano’s research and teaching interests include Indigenous and Africana Studies, Caribbean Studies, Literatures of the African Diaspora, theories of race and ethnicity, migration, diaspora, and human rights discourse. She joined the ethnic studies department at Cal Poly in fall 2006. A Fulbright scholar from Italy, Dr. Pulitano holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico where she specialized in Native American literatures and postcolonial studies. Prior to her appointment at Cal Poly, she taught postcolonial literatures and theory at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, in Switzerland.

Dr. Pulitano's most recent scholarship includes a monograph titled "Transnational Narratives From the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience" (Routledge 2016) and an edited volume titled "Indigenous Rights in the Age of the UN Declaration," published by Cambridge University Press (2012). Her current research focuses on artistic responses to discourse of irregular migration and border crossing in the Mediterranean. She is the author of Toward a Native American Critical Theory (The University of Nebraska Press, 2003) and has published essays on the work of Caribbean-born writers Caryl Phillips, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, and V.S. Naipaul as well as various chapters on contemporary Native North American literatures.  She is also the editor of Transatlantic Voices: Interpretations of Native North American Literatures (The University of Nebraska Press, 2007).

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