Maile Arvin portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
  • Assistant Professor, History
801-581-8094

Presentations

  • “Possessing Polynesians” book talk, Race, Ethnicity and Politics lecture series, sponsored by Political Science and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/24/2020.
  • Invited panelist, “Transpacifics” symposium, University of Southern California. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/22/2020.
  • Roundtable participant, "What American Atlanticists Need to Know about the Pacific." American History Association conference, New York City, NY. Other, Presented, 01/05/2020.
  • Participant in absentia (sent in paper to be read). Critical Ethnic Studies Committee: Building Each Other Up As We Fight: A Roundtable Responding to Maile Arvin’s “Love Letter.” American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/09/2019.
  • “Thieving Boys and Loose Girls: Gendered Discipline in the Hawaiʻi Territorial Juvenile Court and Training Schools.” Native American Indigenous Studies Association, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/29/2019.
  • "Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai‘i and Oceania." Te Kawa a Māui and Va‘aomanū Pasifika Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/21/2019.
  • Panelist on “Insurgent Horizons: The Future of Ethnic Studies” roundtable, part of the 50th anniversary of Ethnic Studies celebration, School of Social and Cultural Transformation, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/29/2019.
  • “The Salvation Army in Hawaiʻi: Salvation Army Girls’ Home (1909-1960s).” Three Things Faculty Research Talks, Practicing History conference, Department of History, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 03/22/2019.
  • "Possessing Polynesians: Settler Colonial Constructions of Race and Gender in Hawai'i." Decolonizing the Pacific series, Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/11/2019.
  • Invited speaker for book celebration by Stephanie Nohelani Teves, Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Hawaiian Performance. Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, January 25, 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/25/2019.
  • Invited reviewer for book manuscript workshop by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, “Choreographing Resurge-instances: Indigenous Dance Artists’ Remaking New Worlds.” Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/16/2019.
  • “Institutionalizing the Territory of Hawaiʻi: Science and Settler Colonial Rehabilitation.” Pacific History Association, Cambridge, England. Conference Paper, Presented, 12/04/2018.
  • Roundtable participant. “Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics," National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, GA. Other, Other, 11/11/2018.
  • Roundtable participant. “Radical Transnational Feminism," National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, November 10, 2018. Other, Presented, 11/10/2018.
  • Roundtable participant. “Blackness, Race and Indigeneity in the Pacific," American Studies Association, Atlanta, GA. Other, Presented, 11/08/2018.
  • “The Science of Settling Wayward Girls in Territorial Hawai’i.” Invited talk and workshop (with pre-circulated 20-page paper), “Ethics, Settler Colonialism, and Indigeneity in the History of the Human Sciences.” Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/04/2018.
  • Chair, “Radiation, Indigenous Peoples, and Expertise in the Far North.” History of Science Society, Seattle, WA. Other, Presented, 11/03/2018.
  • Roundtable participant. “Ethics in the Human Sciences of the Global South." History of Science Society, Seattle. Other, Presented, 11/02/2018.
  • “Polynesia is a Project, Not a Place: Race and Colonial Representation in Cloud Atlas (2012).” Wilson Symposium lecture, History Department, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/26/2018.
  • “Alliance Against Empire” plenary speaker for Critical Ethnic Studies Association conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/24/2018.
  • “Possessing Polynesia: Settler Colonial Ideologies of Race and Gender in Hawai'i and Oceania.” Turning Points in History Lecture Series, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/26/2018.
  • Roundtable participant. “Recovering Radical Solidarities: Feminisms, Immigration and Indigeneity." Association for Asian American Studies conference, San Francisco, CA. Other, Presented, 03/30/2018.
  • “Possessing Polynesians: Whiteness and Settler Colonialism in Hawai`i.” Princeton University Asian American Studies lecture series. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/15/2018.
  • "Regenerative Refusals: Against the Logic of Possession Through Whiteness in Hawai`i and Polynesia." Pacific Dialogues Speaker Series, sponsored by the Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) and Critical Racial and Anti-Colonial Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/04/2017.
  • Roundtable participant. "Native American Studies, Pacific Islander Studies, Indigenous Studies, Settler Colonial Studies: A Conversation." Roundtable discussion with Phil Deloria, Hoku Aikau, Lourdes Alberto, Cynthia Benally, and Greg Smoak. University of Utah, History Department. Other, Presented, 09/29/2017.
  • "Indigenous and Immigrant Feminist World Building in Hawai`i." "Immigrant and Indigenous Intersections" symposium, University of Indiana, Bloomington. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/08/2017.
  • "Mana Wāhine: Pacific Islander Women Leading Contemporary Efforts to Protect Pacific Lands and Waters." Community presentation, Asian Cultural Center, University of Indiana, Bloomington. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/08/2017.
  • "Settling Wayward Hawaiian Girls: Race, Gender and Rehabilitation in Territorial Hawaiʻi." Native American Indigenous Studies conference, Vancouver, BC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2017.
  • "Regenerating Genealogy as Cosmogeny." "Experiments in thinking the human" symposium, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) - Mellon Bio-humanities initiative, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/30/2017.
  • "Aligning Native Hawaiian & Asian American Feminist Critiques of Settler Colonialism in Hawaiʻi." University of Michigan Feminist Research Seminar. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/17/2017.
  • "Making Whiteness at Home in Hawaiʻi: Chinese-Hawaiians in Early Twentieth Century Sociology." American Studies Association conference, Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/20/2016.
  • Roundtable participant. "Native Feminist Theories of Settler Colonialism, Survivance and Change." National Women's Studies Association conference, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Sponsored by the Transnational Feminisms Caucus. Other, Presented, 11/12/2016.
  • "Regenerative Refusals: Native Feminist Performances of Indigeneity in Contemporary "Mixed-Race" Pacific Art." National Women's Studies Association conference, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Panel sponsored by North American Asian Feminisms Caucus. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/11/2016.
  • Invited participant, "Challenging U.S. Settler Colonialism Alongside U.S. Empire in Asia and the Pacific," roundtable on "Race and Empire in Asia and the Pacific," organized by the program committee, American History Association Pacific Coast Branch, Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi. Other, Presented, 08/06/2016.
  • "Hating Hawaiians, Loving Hybrids: Discourses of Racial Mixture in Early Twentieth Century Sociology in Hawaiʻi." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/20/2016.
  • "Regenerative Refusals: Performing Humanity in Contemporary Pacific Art," invited talk for Archipelagic Entanglements symposium, sponsored by the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID), Dartmouth College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/30/2016.
  • "Whitening Racial Mixture, Erasing Indigeneity: Sociological Studies of Race in Early Twentieth Century Hawaiʻi." Working session, "Theorizing Race and Culture in the Pacific." Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania conference, San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/11/2016.
  • "Sacred Science: The Politics of Settler Colonial Knowledge at Mauna Kea and Beyond." Humanitarian Ethics, Religious Affinities and the Politics of Dissent symposium, University of California, Riverside. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/02/2015.
  • "Performing Ethnographic Refusal in Contemporary Pacific Islander Art." Performance Studies International, Oceanic Performance Biennial 2015, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/09/2015.
  • "Regenerating Pacific Relationships and Responsibilities," closing plenary on "Anti-Black Racism and Settler Colonialism," Critical Ethnic Studies Association conference, York University, Toronto. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/03/2015.
  • "Polynesia is a Project, Not a Place." Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness Conference, University of California, Riverside. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • "Grappling With the Legacies of the Western Construction of Polynesian 'Whiteness.'" Working session, "Theorizing Race and Culture in the Pacific." Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania conference, Santa Fe, NM. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/07/2015.
  • ""The Polynesian Problem": Critical Readings of Racial Origin Stories of the Pacific." Pacific History Association conference, Taipei and Taitung, Taiwan. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/06/2014.
  • "Pacific Plantations: Black and White Proximities of Paradise, the South, and the Techno-Orient." American Studies Association conference, Los Angeles, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/08/2014.
  • Invited speaker, "Indigenous Feminisms," a featured roundtable organized by the program committee, Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute, "Thinking Transnational Feminisms," Ohio State University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/08/2014.
  • Participant, "Pacific Islanders Decolonizing Ethnic Studies Teach-in," National Association of Ethnic Studies, Oakland, CA. Other, Presented, 04/2014.
  • "Polynesian Problems: Unsettling Colonialism in the Pacific." Native American Studies Arts & Lectures Series, University of California, Davis. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/10/2014.
  • "Re-envisioning "Hybrid" and "Hapa": Challenging the Construction of Hawaiʻi as America's Racial Laboratory." Critical Mixed Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach, a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar in the Humanities, University of Southern California. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/28/2014.
  • "Polynesian Types: Refracted Visions of Race and Indigeneity in Hawai'i and the Pacific." Pacific Arts Association sponsored panel, "Unsettling Pacific Visions: Complicity and Contestation in Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Sāmoan Contemporary Art," at the College Arts Association conference, Chicago, IL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/15/2014.
  • "Polynesian Types: The Science of Making Whiteness Indigenous to the Pacific." Roots & Routes: Mobility, Migration, and Diasporas, Lecture Series, Department of History, University of Hawaiʻi. Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/24/2014.
  • "Polynesia is a Project, Not a Place: Regenerating Indigenous Futures." Colloquium Series, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawai'i. Co-sponsored by the Department of Women's Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/21/2014.
  • Participant, "Native Pacific Studies at the Edge of U.S. Empire" roundtable. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, University of California, Riverside. Other, Presented, 03/11/2011.

Publications

  • Maile Arvin (2019). Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawaiʻi and Oceania. Duke University Press. Published, 11/2019.
    https://www.dukeupress.edu/possessing-polynesians
  • Maile Arvin (2019). Indigenous Feminist Notes on Embodying Alliance against Settler Colonialism. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Vol. 18:2, 335-357. Published, 10/2019.
  • Maile Arvin (2019). Mauna Kea Protests Aren’t New. They’re Part of a Long Fight Against Colonialism. Truth-Out. Published, 07/27/2019.
    https://truthout.org/articles/mauna-kea-protests-a...
  • Stephanie Nohelani Teves & Maile Arvin (2018). Decolonizing API: Centering Indigenous Pacific Islander Feminism. (pp. 107-137). Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, Lynn Fujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan, eds. University of Washington Press. Published, 11/01/2018.
  • Maile Arvin (2018). Colonizing Histories and Rebranding Pocahontas. Truthout. Published, 09/24/2018.
    https://truthout.org/articles/colonizing-histories...
  • Maile Arvin (2018). Polynesia is a Project, not a Place: Polynesian Proximities to Whiteness in Cloud Atlas and Beyond. Beyond Ethnicity: New Politics of Race in Hawaiʻi, a collection edited by Camilla Fojas, Rudy Guevarra, and Nitasha Tamar Sharma. University of Hawaiʻi Press. Published, 03/2018.
  • Stacy Kamehiro & Maile Arvin (2016). Beyond Conservation: Modeling Meaningful Community Collaboration in Hawai'i, Book Review Forum Essay on Glen Wharton's The Painted King (2012). Vol. 39(3). Pacific Studies. Published, 12/2016.
  • Maile Arvin (2016). The Future is Indigenous: Decolonizing Thanksgiving. Truthout. Published, 11/24/2016.
    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38486-the-fu...
  • Maile Arvin (2016). Sovereignty Will Not Be Funded: "Good" Indigenous Citizenship in Hawai'i's Non-profit Industrial Complex. The Scholar & Feminist. Vol. 13(2). Published, 01/2016.
    http://sfonline.barnard.edu/navigating-neoliberali...
  • Maile Arvin (2015). The Polynesian Problem and Its Genomic Solutions. Native American Indigenous Studies. Vol. 2(2), 27-56. Published, 12/2015.
  • Maile Arvin (2015). The 'melting pot' vision obscures the struggles of Native Hawaiians. Zócalo Public Square. Published, 09/15/2015.
    http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/09/15/is-ha...
  • Maile Arvin (2015). Still in the Blood: Gendered Histories of Race, Law and Science in Day v. Apoliona. American Quarterly. Vol. 67(3), 681-703. Published, 09/2015.
    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/593311
  • Maile Arvin (2015). Analytics of Indigeneity. (pp. 119-129). Native Studies Keywords, Stephanie Nohelani Teves, Andrea Smith and Michelle Raheja, eds., University of Arizona Press. Published, 01/2015.
  • Maile Arvin (2015). Acting Like a White Person Acting Like A Native: Ghostly Performances of Global Indigeneity. Critical Ethnic Studies. Vol. 1(1), 103-116. Published, 01/2015.
    http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A436231330/AON...
  • Hokulani Aikau & Maile Arvin, Mishuana Goeman, and Scott Morgensen (2015). Indigenous Feminisms Roundtable. Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Vol. 36(3), 84-106. Published, 01/2015.
  • Lani Teves & Maile Arvin (2014). Recognizing the Aloha in 'No'. The Hawaii Independent. Published, 07/14/2014.
    http://hawaiiindependent.net/story/recognizing-the...
  • Maile Arvin (2014). Possessions of Whiteness: Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness in the Pacific. [Website/Blog] URL http://decolonization.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/possessions-of-whiteness-settler-colonialism-and-anti-blackness-in-the-pacific/. Published, 06/02/2014.
    http://decolonization.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/pos...
  • Maile Arvin, Eve Tuck & Angie Morrill (2013). Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy. Feminist Formations. Vol. 25(1), 8-34. Published, 04/2013.
    http://muse.jhu.edu/article/504601
  • Maile Arvin (2012). Spectacles of Citizenship: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Gets A Makeover. (pp. 201-228). Transnational Crossroads: Reimagining Asian America, Latin@ America, and the American Pacific, Camilla Fojas and Rudy Guevarra, eds. University of Nebraska Press. Published, 01/2012.