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Anoop Mirpuri, Ph.D.

Anoop Mirpuri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Neuberger Hall M414 | 503-725-3560 |

Ph.D. 2010 University of Washington

B.A. 2000 University of California, Santa Cruz

On the PSU faculty since 2012


FIELDS: African American literature; U.S. cultural studies; critical race studies


Black studies; racial capitalism; Marxist cultural theory; slavery, freedom, and abolition; punishment and the prison-industrial complex; neoliberalism

Anoop Mirpuri's current research explores the relationship between racial capitalism and representations of crime and prison in U.S. culture. He is working on a book project that examines the relation between anti-prison movements, neoliberal economic restructuring, and the rise of "prison literature" as a genre of scholarship and publication from thelate 1960s to the present. The book draws on the black radical tradition as a way of theorizing interpretation as an abolitionist and ethical practice. 

Professor Mirpuri teaches courses in African American literature and American literary studies. His central goal is to help forge among students a sense of their own agency in shaping the world in which they live. His methodological influences lie at the convergence of Marxist cultural studies and poststructuralism. His courses seek to address the politics of culture and the politics of everyday life while developing broad and rigorous methods for the study of literature and culture.


  • “A Correction-Extraction Complex: Prison, Literature, and Abolition as an Interpretive Practice,” Cultural Critique (forthcoming).

  • “Racial Violence, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Neoliberal State,” Critical Ethnic Studies 2.1 (2016): 73-106

  • "Mass-Incarceration, Prisoner Rights, and the Legacy of the Radical Prison Movement," in The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration. Eds. Deborah McDowell, Claudrena Harold, and Juan Battle. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press (2013).

  • "Why Can't Kobe Pass (the Ball)? Race and the NBA in an Age of Neoliberalism," in Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports. Eds. David Leonard and C. Richard King. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2011).


  • "Affect, Ethics, and the Imaginative Geographies of Permanent War: An Interview with Derek Gregory." Co-authored with Keith P. Feldman and Georgia M. Roberts. Theory & Event 12.3 (2009).
  • "Antiracism and Environmental Justice in an Age of Neoliberalism: An Interview with Van Jones." Co-authored with Keith P. Feldman and Georgia M. Roberts. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 41.3 (2009).
  • "Theories of Race in the Twentieth Century," Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present: From the Age of Segregation to the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press (2009).