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Brandy Nālani McDougall

Brandy McDougall

Brandy McDougall

PhD University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Indigenous Literatures and Critical Theory; American imperialism in the Pacific; Indigenous Rights/Sovereignty Movements

From Kula, Maui, Brandy Nālani McDougall is of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese and Scottish descent. She received a PhD in English, specializing in Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Literature, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2011. Her dissertation, “ʻO ka Lipo o ka Lā, ʻO ka Lipo o ka Pō: Cosmogonic Kaona in Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Literature” examines the contemporary use of kaona references to Hawaiian creation moʻolelo (stories/histories) and moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies).

Recent publications include “Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action” in College Composition and Communication 63, an article for which she and Georgeanne Nordstrom were honored with the 2012 Braddock Award; “Christianity, Colonialism, Civilization and Other Such Diseases in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Poetics” Jacket 2, and “From Uē to Kūʻē: Loss and Resistance in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Night is a Sharkskin Drum and Matthew Kaopio’s Written in the Sky” in Anglistica.

Her most recent paper presentations have included “Christianity, Colonialism, Civilization and Other Such Diseases in Haunani-Kay Trask’s Poetics,” which was presented at the SPACLALS conference at Victoria University Marae in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She also recently presented “Anticolonial Humor in the American Pacific” as part of a panel with Caroline Sinavaiana, kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, Craig Santo Perez and Nicholas Goetzfridt at the MLA Conference in Seattle, WA in January 2012. She will also be presenting papers at the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS) in Albuquerque, NM and at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference in Uncasville, CT in 2012.

As an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, she has just begun teaching AmSt 220: Introduction to Indigenous Studies, a lecture-discussion course, in the Spring 2012 semester.

Her research interests include Native Literatures; Pacific Studies; Indigenous Critical Theory; Neocolonial/Postcolonial/Colonial Studies; American imperialism in the Pacific; Native American/First Nations Studies; American Cultural/Ethnic studies; Decolonizing Methodologies; and Indigenous Rights/Sovereignty Movements.

McDougall is also the author of a poetry collection, The Salt-Wind (2008), and a chapbook, “Return to the Kula House,” featured in Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing (2009), edited by Allison Hedge Coke.