Jyoti Puri is Professor of Sociology at Simmons College. She writes and teaches at the crossroads of sociology, sexuality and queer studies, and postcolonial feminist theory. Her most abiding interests are in understanding issues of sexuality, gender, race, nation, and state from a transnational/postcolonial feminist lens. Her new book, Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle against the Antisodomy Law in India’s Present, was published by Duke University Press (February 2016). Puri’s previous books include, Woman, Body, Desire in Post-colonial India (Routledge 1999) and Encountering Nationalism, (Blackwell Publishers 2004). She has also published articles and book chapters in journals and edited volumes on sexuality and gender. She has co-edited a special issue on gender, sexuality, state, and nation for Gender & Society (April 2005) and another one on sexuality and the state for Rethinking Marxism (October 2012).
Puri enjoyed working as one of the editors for the interdisciplinary journal Foucault Studies, as deputy editor for the journal, Gender & Society, and is currently on the editorial board for the journal, SIGNS. She has served in various capacities at the American Sociological Association, including as Chair of the Section on Sex and Gender, and Sociologists for Women in Society. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants, including a Rockefeller Research Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Research award.
For Puri, teaching is a constant source of stimulation. She started teaching many years ago, first as an international graduate student and then as a part-time instructor at Northeastern University and Boston College. Since joining Simmons College in 1996, she has taught required and elective sociology courses as well as a range of courses outside of the department geared toward graduate students as well as undergraduate students—honors program, general education requirement, international relations and women’s studies majors, among others.
Jyoti Puri CV
Principles of Sociology
Sex, Love, and Romance
South Asia: People and Power
Bodies in Action
At the Graduate Level:
Sexuality, States, Governance
I will be on sabbatical for the academic year 2017-2018, working on two projects. Deriving from my interest in sexuality and the state, the first project shifts focus to the United States, while the second project explores questions of death among South Asians migrating to North America in the early twentieth century.