Peter Hulme read Spanish at Leeds and took his doctorate at Essex in Literature. He has taught at Essex since 1975. He was closely involved with the various Essex Sociology of Literature projects and their many publications. His research interests centre on the relationships between literature, travel writing, anthropology, and colonialism, especially in the Caribbean, and on postcolonial studies in its widest sense.
He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (1986, paperback 1992), Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 (2000), and Cuba's Wild East: A Literary Geography of Oriente; and joint editor of Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day (1992), Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory (1994), Cannibalism and the Colonial World (1998), 'The Tempest' and Its Travels (2000), The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (2002), The Tempest, A Norton Critical Edition (2003), and Writing, Travel, and Empire: In the Margins of Anthropology (2006).
His current research project - supported by the Leverhulme Trust - is: Tropical Town: Pan-American Writing in New York, 1910-1925.