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Vernadette Gonzalez

Vernadette Gonzalez

Vernadette Gonzalez

PhD University of Calif-Berkeley

American Empire
Tourism & Militarism
Gender & Sexuality
Ethnic & Cultural Studies



Vernadette Gonzalez finished her PhD in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Prior to that, she earned her BA in English Literature with certificates in African American Studies and Theater and Dance from Princeton University in 1996. Her areas of specialization include studies of tourism and militarism, transnational cultural studies, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, Asian American cultural and literary studies, and globalization studies with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. She is currently serving as Director of the university’s Honors Program.

Her book, Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai‘i and the Philippines (Duke UP, 2013) examines the modern military and touristic ideologies, cultures, and technologies of mobility and surveillance in the Philippines and Hawai‘i. It illustrates how the roots and routes of the US military are foundational to tourist itineraries, as well as how modern tourism is central to the mission of unilateral American militarism. Securing Paradise won the Association for Asian American Studies book award for the best book in cultural studies published in 2013.

Her published work can be found in several collections, including Making the Empire Work (NYU 2015); Mobile Desires (Palgrave 2015); Transnational Crossroads (U. Nebraska, 2012); Militarized Currents (U. Minnesota Press, 2010); Alien Encounters: Asian Americans in Popular Culture (Duke UP, 2007) and AsianAmerica.Net (Routledge, 2004), as well as in journals such as Radical History Review (2015); The Global South (2009); Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (Summer 2007).

She is currently at work on several projects, including co-editing a special issue of American Quarterly on tourism and militarism with Jana Lipman (Tulane) and Teresia Teaiwa (University of Victoria), which is forthcoming in 2016), and co-editing a decolonial guide to Hawai‘i with Hokulani Aikau (UHM, Indigenous Politics).  Her next book project is a fleshly and intimate genealogy of imperial geopolitics and desire through the life story of Isabel Rosario Cooper, a mixed-race vaudeville and film actress and sometime mistress of General Douglas as well as a Hollywood aspirant.