Minoli Salgado's research has a literary focus on postmodernist texts, a theoretical orientation towards biopolitics and post-structuralist debates on migration, and a regional connection to South Asia. Her current research focuses on terror, testimony and exile, exploring the ways in which writers from different parts of the world bear witness to politically sanctioned violence.

Her monograph, Writing Sri Lanka: Literature, Resistance and the Politics of Place (Routledge 2007), situates Sri Lankan literature in English within the context of cultural nationalism and the civil war. The study was undertaken with the support of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and an AHRC research grant.

Her novel, A Little Dust on the Eyes (Peepal Tree Press 2014), brings the Sri Lankan civil war and South Asian tsunami into historical alignment, and draws attention to the ethics and aesthetics of bearing witness to traumatic events. It won the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize and was longlisted for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature.

She has supervised doctoral research on a wide variety of subjects in postcolonial studies and particularly welcomes applications on postmodernist postcolonial fiction, migrant literary culture, testimony and transnationalism, and South Asian writing in English.