Stephanie Nohelani Teves

Lani Teves (Kanaka Maoli) is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon where she teaches courses on Indigenous feminisms, Pacific Island Studies and Native Studies.  She is co-editor of Native Studies Keywords (University of Arizona Press, 2015) and has published articles on Hawaiian performance, film, and sexuality in the Pacific.  Her articles have appeared in American Quarterly, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and the International Journal of Critical indigenous Studies.  Her manuscript, “Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Hawaiian Performance” (under contract with UNC Press) explores the spaces where Native Hawaiians perform the routines of everyday life; the overlooked zones of the Hawaiian undercommons (punk clubs, drag shows, hip hop venues); and the officially sanctioned domains of Hawai‘i culture industries (folk, regional theatre and music videos).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships.  She is a Hawaiian feminist born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i and a founding member of Hinemoana of Turtle Island, a collective of Pacific Islander feminists residing in California and Oregon.