Mimi Sheller

Dean of Global School
The Global School
AB History and Literature Harvard University
MA Sociology and Historical Studies New School for Social Research
PhD Sociology and Historical Studies New School for Social Research
Expert Bio

Mimi Sheller is the Dean of The Global School at WPI. She is a widely cited expert in the post-colonial context of the Caribbean, with particular expertise on Haiti. Sheller also founded and directed the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, an interdisciplinary field that studies the movement of people, objects, and information, as well as the complex new mobilities (and immobilities) that are afforded by changing technologies and infrastructures. Sheller can also provide insight into the following:

  • Caribbean migration
  • Climate migration
  • Lifestyle mobilities
  • Labor migration and nomadic workers
  • Deportation from the United States

She is the author of seven books, eight co-edited books, and 125 refereed journal articles and book chapters as well as the founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities. since. In addition she has consulted for international agencies, including the World Bank, and for such companies as Michelin, and has given dozens of keynote talks and invited lectures at leading universities in the United States and Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Worcester Business Journal
WPI receives $500K to expand Caribbean coastal community adaptation research

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans award that will see WPI will co-design climate resilience plans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Global School will also lead knowledge sharing between NOAA climate adaptation partnership teams in the Caribbean and the Northeast. 

Tomorrow is the Problem
Haiti in the Contemporary Imagination

Mimi Sheller, Dean of The Global School, discusses some of the historical and cultural underpinnings behind inequalities in power and mobilities in this podcast exploring Haiti and its future. The podcast is a project of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

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