KEHAULANI Natsuko VAUGHN portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Education, Culture & Society


  • Kehaulani Vaughn & Juliann Anesi, Alfred Flores, Brandon Reilly, Christen Sasaki, Joyce Pualani Warren, (2021). (Re)centering ‘Pacific Islanders’ in Trans-Pacific Studies: Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Critique, and Reflections from the Diaspora. Critical Ethnic Studies. Accepted, 12/01/2021.
  • Raquel Wright-Mair & Samuel Museus (2021). Embracing the Responsibility of Social Justice Educators: A Call to Complicate, Collectivize, and Rehumanize Activism in Higher Education. (pp. 12-18). Vol. 26(4). About Campus. Published, 11/11/2021.
  • Kehaulani Vaughn & Natasha Saelua, Asena Filihia-Taione (2021). Cultivating a Cultural Kipuka: Pacific Islander Practitioner Reflections . (pp. 30-35). Vol. 26(1). About Campus. Published, 04/07/2021.
  • Kehaulani Vaughn, Jacob Fitisemanu , 'Inoke Hafoka & Kehaulani Folau (2020). Unmasking the essential realities of COVID-19 amongst the Pasifika community in the Salt Lake Valley. Oceania. Vol. 90, 60-67. Published, 11/19/2020.
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: A Call to Action, Advisory Team. Published, 12/09/2019.
  • 'Inoke Hafoka & Kehaulani Vaughn, Cynthia Alcantar (2019). "The 'Invisible' minority: Finding a sense of belonging after imperialism, colonialism, and (im)migration for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Teachers College. Published, 12/01/2019.
  • Cynthia Benally & Kehaulani Vaughn Teresa McCarty (2019). Finding the “Connective Tissue”: Storywork as Data Analysis. Routledge. Published, 11/30/2019.
  • Kehaulani Vaughn (2019). "Sovereign Embodiment: Native Hawaiians and Expressions of Diasporic Kuleana". Hūlili Journal. Vol. 11, 227-245. Published, 11/01/2019.
  • Kehaulani Vaughn (2019). "Who Gets 'Left Out': Pacific Islanders, Data Aggregation and Native Erasure. SUNY. Accepted, 11/01/2019.
  • Kēhaulani Vaughn (2017). Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire, by Adria Imada. (pp. 217-221). Vol. vol. 29, no. 1. Contemporary Pacific. Published, 01/21/2017.
  • Kēhaulani Vaughn (2015). A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty. (pp. 151-153). Vol. vol. 39, no. 2. American Indian Culture and Research. Published, 01/01/2015.
  • Kēhaulani Vaughn & Jean-Paul deGuzman, Alfredo Peredo Flores, Kristopher Kaupalolo, Christen Sasaki, Kehaulani Vaughn, Joyce Pualani Warren (2011). “The Possibilities of Pacific Islander Studies in the Continental United States,” . Amerasia Journal. Vol. vol. 37 no. 3, 149-161. Published, 01/01/2011.

Research Keywords

  • Settler Colonialism
  • Pacific Island Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Indigenous Epistemologies
  • Indigenous Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Decolonial Education
  • Critical Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies


  • Pacific History Association, Roundtable: Virtual Crossings: The Politics of (Re)Collecting Pacific Pasts and Futures. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/11/2021.
  • Book Talk with Dr. Arshad Ali, Teresa McCarty, and Cynthia Benally, Institute of Urban & Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/14/2021.
  • Macalester College, Department of American Studies, Talk Titled: Beyond Performativity: Trans-Indigenous Recognitions and Indigenous Futures. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/09/2021.
  • Invited Talk, Claremont Colleges, Interdepartmental Program of Asian American Studies, Signature Event in Conversation with Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/22/2021.
  • Claremont Colleges, Interdepartmental Program of Asian American Studies, Signature Event in Conversation with Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/20/2021.
  • UC Berkeley, Race & Policy Symposium at the Goldman School of Public Policy, Talk Titled: Oceania to Turtle Island: Trans-Indigenous Recognitions. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/01/2021.
  • Pomona Humanities Studio, Indigeneity’s Series, Talk Titled: Beyond Performativity: Trans-Indigenous Recognitions and Indigenous Futurities. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/17/2020.
  • Guest Lecture, California State University, Los Angeles, Talk Titled: Settler Colonialism in Los Angeles, Cross-Cultural Collaborations and Indigenous Futurities. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/10/2020.
  • Interview for Prism, “AAPI Solidarity Means Recognizing that Pacific Islanders are Often Left Out,” by Dr. Anthony Ocampo. Invited Talk/Keynote, Submitted, 08/17/2020.
  • Gutiérrez, J.F., Benally, C., Sepulveda, C., Vaughn, K.N. (in press). Mathematical reservations: the colonial psychology of mathematics education and its role in federal assimilation policies. In S. Otten, Z. de Araujo, A. Candela, & C. Munter (Eds.), “…against a new horizon.” Proceedings of the 41st annual meeting of the North-American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA). St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/01/2019.
  • Pacific Coast Branch Historical Association, Paper Titled: Expanding Hawaiian Historiography to Include Diasporic Hawaiians. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/01/2019.
  • Native American Indigenous Studies Association, Paper Title: Exploring Trans-Indigenous Connections between Native Hawaiians and Native North America. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/19/2019.
  • Trans: Indigenous Recognitions: The Politics of California Indian and Native Hawaiian Relations, Pomona College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/03/2019.
  • Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association, Paper Titled: Community Engagement as a Method of Resilience: Exploring the Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP). Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Los Angeles, California, Chair, Host Panel Titled: Making Connections: Native Roots and Routes. Paper Titled: Exploring Trans-Indigenous Navigation between Pacific Islander and Native North America for Decolonial Possibilities . Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2018.