The Center for Race & Gender Distinguished Lecture Series presents…

Untying the Knot: Hawaiian Nationalism & the (De)Colonial Politics of Sexuality
Prof. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30pm: Reception
6pm – 8pm: Lecture & Discussion

Location: 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Location is wheelchair accessible. Event is free and open to the public.


Generously co-sponsored by Native American Studies


J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. After transferring from Irvine Valley College in 1989, she earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000.

Professor Kauanui is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and has held fellowships from: the School of Advanced Research (formerly the School of American Research), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Rockefeller Archives Center, National Science Foundation, Fulbright (Maori Studies, University of Auckland), and Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury. In Fall 2013, she began her 3-year appointment as an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. And in Fall 2016, she was nominated to the Distinguished Speakers Bureau of the American Studies Association.

Kauanui’s first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).   Her second book project (in-progress), Thy Kingdom Come? Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on land, gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism (contracted with Duke University Press).

Kauanui serves as a radio producer for an anarchist politics show called, “Anarchy on Air.” She previously hosted the radio show, “Indigenous Politics,” which aired for seven years and was broadly syndicated.

She is an original co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Kauanui is currently a national council member of the American Studies Association, and also serves on the advisory board of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.