MA Theses

Mary Tuti Baker (MA, 2010)
Challenging Imperial Capitalism: Sustainable Self-Determination Strategies On Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar (MA, 2006)  
Ambivalence and Appropriation: Imperial Hegemony and the Resuscitation of the Hawaiian State 

Megumi Chibana (MA, 2012) 
(Re)-Discovering Okinawan Indigeneity: Articulation and Activism

Jolyn Garidan-Prieto (MA)
Senate Bill 2783 (HI Session 2012) - Why now?  And what is the correlation between land and power in Hawaiʻi?

Jonathan Hui (MA, 2017)
The Metaphor is the Message: Analyzing environmental images of the futures in the American imaginary

Willy Kauai (MA, 2006)
Indigenous Politics and the Hawaiian State

Rachel Loo (MA, 2013)
Hulihia: The Story of Kanaka Hawaiʻi Resistance During the Political Ban on Hula

Carisa Nakamura (MA, 2018)
The Cybernetics of Discourse: Rule Making Processes and Federal Recognition in Hawaiʻi

Nadezna Ortega (MA)
Matris Ti Kinaasinno: Womb of Being

Ponipate Rokolekutu (MA, 2007) 
The Politicization of Fijian Land and the Paradox of Indigenous Ownership

Ashley Schaffer (MA, 2017)
Approaches to Ending Animal Suffering

Summer Starr (MA, 2010)
It's in the Stars: Navigating Towards Decolonization

PhD Dissertations

Luʻukia Archer (PhD, 2016)
He Pou Heʻe I Ka Wawā: Slipping into the Tumult of Life and Politics

Mary “Tuti” Baker (PhD, 2018)
Hoʻoulu ʻĀina: Engaging Aloha ʻĀina Enacting Indigenous Futurities

Leilani Basham (PhD, 2007)
I Mau ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono: He Puke Mele Lāhui no ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar (PhD, 2014)
The Politics of Mauna Kea Astronomy and States of Becoming: Kanaka Indigeneity, Monumental Science, and the Imperatives of Settler Colonialism in Occupied Hawaiʻi

Megumi Chibana (PhD, 2018)
Till the Soil and Fill the Soul: Indigenous Resurgence and Everyday Practices of Farming in Okinawa

Mary-Lindsey Correa (PhD)
Kūlana Pānoʻonoʻo: Aloha ‘Āina Discourse within a Hawaiian Political Imaginary

Kahikina de Silva (PhD, 2018)
Iwikuamoʻo ka Lāhui: Nā Manaʻo Aloha ʻĀina I Nā Mele Nahenahe o ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi

Pualeilani Fernandez (PhD, 2013)
‘O Ke Kānāwai i Kalana Ola: Hawaiʻi’s Public Health and the Law

Lorenz Gonschor (PhD, 2016)
“A Power in the World”: The Hawaiian Kingdom as a Model of Hybrid Statecraft in Oceania and a Progenitor of Pan-Oceanianism

Sydney Iaukea (PhD, 2008)
E Paʻa ʻOukou: Holding and Remembering Hawaiian Understandings of Place and Politics

Karen Ingersoll (PhD, 2009)
Seascape Epistemology: Decolonization within Hawaiʻi’s Neocolonial Surf Tourism Industry 

Malia Kaʻaihue (PhD, 2010)
I ka ʻŌlelo nō ke Ola, i ka ʻŌlelo nō ka Make: Deconstructing Hawaiian Children's Literature 

RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda (PhD, 2009)
The Colonial Carceral and Prison Politics in Hawaiʻi

Noʻeau Peralto (PhD, 2018)
Kokolo Mai Ka Mole ʻUaua o ʻĪ: The Resilience & Resurgence of Aloha ʻĀina in Hāmākua Hikina, Hawaiʻi

ʻUmi Perkins (PhD, 2013)
Kuleana: A Genealogy of Native Tenant Rights

Yong Zhang (PhD, 2013)
Thread Unwoven: Politics, Indigenous Knowledge, Ethnic Identity and Community-Based Cultural-Ecological Conservation in Ethnic Rural Regions in Southwest China—A Case Study of Tujia Brocade