'INOKE HAFOKA portrait
  • Associate Instructor, Ethnic Studies

Courses I Teach

  • HIST 3650 (ETHNC 3651) - Histories of the Pacific
    This class provides an introduction to histories of the Pacific Islands, also known as Oceania. The Pacific Ocean is vast - covering over 30% of the earth – but often depicted as empty, marginal, or isolated from the rest of the world. Yet, imperialism and colonialism in the region has long served significant economic, political, and military needs of Western countries. This class will analyze the histories of both Indigenous framings and Western framings of the Pacific, including the origins of the Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia divisions imposed by Europeans in the eighteenth century. We will analyze various forms of imperialism and colonialism in the Pacific as well as Indigenous resistance and movements to achieve decolonization.
  • ETHNC 3990 - Tongan American and Tongan Diaspora
    This course will examine concepts that are relevant to recognize and to better understand the Tongan people. Tonga is the last freestanding monarchy in the Pacific and arguably the last practicing monarchy in the world since the United Kingdom currently has a parliamentary system. Of the estimated 200,000 Tongans in the world, 100,000 are currently in the diaspora. One in four Tongans in the diaspora call Utah home. This course will examine histories relating to Tongans around the time of Western contact in the Pacific, and we will also contrast these histories with a contemporary context.

Current Courses

Fall 2021

  • ETHNC 3651-001
    Histories of Pacific
    Location: ONLN (Online)
  • HIST 3650-001
    Histories of Pacific
    Location: ONLN (Online)

Summer 2021

Spring 2021