Hi’ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Native Studies. Her research is broadly concerned with Indigenous foodways, Pacific Island studies, settler colonialism, urban infrastructure, and the performance of taste. Her manuscript gives the history of comestible ice in Hawai’i across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in order to investigate the sensorial and affective dimensions of Native dispossession. In particular, she is interested in how personal and political investments in coldness facilitate particular ideas about race, belonging, comfort, and leisure in the Pacific. Prior to joining CSER as Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Hobart was an ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. She earned a Ph.D. in Food Studies from New York University, and holds an M.A. in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and an M.L.S. in Rare Books Librarianship and Archives Management from the Pratt Institute. 

Hi'ilei Julia Hobart

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.

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