Jesi Lujan Bennett is a Ph.D. student in American Studies and Museum Studies at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a BA in Critical Gender Studies. Jesi then graduated with her MA from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UH Mānoa. Her thesis brings a voice from the Chamorro diaspora to the larger discourse of Pacific Islands Studies. Currently as a PhD candidate, Jesi’s graduate work examines the outmigration of Chamorros from the Mariana Islands and the ways in which these diasporic communities articulate their Indigeneity in new geographic and cultural contexts.
Jesi is a Chamorro woman from San Diego, California with familial ties to Dededo and Barrigada, Guåhan (Guam). She is president of the Marianas Club at UHM and an active participant in Micronesian Connections and Oceania Rising. She is also an advisor for San Diego’s Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHE′LU). Jesi is currently the Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of Hawai‘i at the Honolulu Museum of Art.