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Postdoctoral Fellow

Maile Arvin Maile Arvin
Assistant Professor

Maile Arvin earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego in 2013. Her fields of research and teaching include Indigenous Studies, Native Feminisms, Pacific Islander and Oceanic Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Science Studies. She is currently at work on her first book project tentatively titled "Regenerating Polynesia: Settler Colonialism and the Possessive Science of Racial Mixture." The manuscript examines a diverse collection of nineteenth and twentieth century scientific studies—spanning the disciplines of ethnology, physical anthropology, sociology and genetics—where Polynesians are repeatedly represented as the biological relatives of Caucasians. The book considers the legacies of this scientific knowledge production of Polynesians as almost white, using Native feminist theories to highlight Native Hawaiian and other Polynesian interventions into settler colonial knowledge, law, and representation.

Sample Publications

Maile Arvin, Eve Tuck, and Angie Morrill, “Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy.” Feminist Formations 25.1, 2013, pp. 8-34.


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