J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, professor of American studies, edited a special 2021 issue of Anarchist development in cultural studies called “The Politics of Indigeneity, Anarchist Praxis, and Decolonization” and wrote an article for the issue with the same title. Kauanui’s work focuses on Indigenous sovereignty, colonial studies of settlers, anarchist history and activism, and critical studies of race and ethnicity. Among other recent posts, in 2021, Kauanui also wrote a commentary for volume 24 of Postcolonial studies titled “False Dilemmas and Colonial Studies of Settlers: Response to Lorenzo Veracini:” Are Colonial Studies of Settlers Still Useful?
During the past academic year, Kauanui chaired the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Native American Studies Research Committee for the Department of American Studies and also served as a consultant to some administrators and professors with respect to land recognition policy and recognition of the Wangunk, the indigenous people of the land where the Wesleyan is located.
Additionally, Kauanui has given guest lectures (virtually) for universities around the world including UC Santa Cruz, Concordia University, York University, University of Virginia, Stanford University and University. from Melbourne. She was also a guest on Kaua’i Community Public Radio (KKCR), where she discussed Biden’s policy on Native Hawaiians and federal recognition.
This coming fall, Kauanui, which is also an Affiliate Faculty of Anthropology, will hold a scholarship to Wesleyan’s Center for Humanities. She will be teaching a new course — CHUM378: Decolonizing Indigenous Gender and Sexuality.