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Stephanie ‘Lani’ Teves

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-8830
  • Office: 203 Alder Bldg
  • Office Hours: On leave, AY 17
  • Affiliated Departments: Folklore Program
  • Interests: Indigenous Politics; Native and Women of Color Feminisms; Native Pacific Cultural Studies; Queer Theory; Performance Studies


“Cocoa Chandelier’s Confessional: Kanaka Maoli Performance and Aloha in Drag.” In Critical Ethnic Studies: An Anthology. Pp. 280-300. Duke University Press, 2016.

“Aloha State Apparatuses.” American Quarterly. #67.3 (Fall 2015): 705-726.

Native Studies Keywords. Stephanie Nohelani Teves, Andrea Smith, Michelle H. Raheja, eds. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2015.

“Tradition and Performance.” Native Studies Keywords, Stephanie Nohelani Teves, Andrea Smith, Michelle H. Raheja, eds. Pp. 257-270. University of Arizona Press, 2015.

“A Critical Reading of Aloha and Visual Sovereignty in Ke Kulana he Mā.” International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies. Vol. 7, No.1, 2014.

“ʻBloodline is All I Need’: Defiant Indigeneity and Hawaiian Hip-hop.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. #35.4 (2011): 73-101.

Works in Progress

“Aloha, Sovereignty, and Belonging in Ke Kulana He Māhū,” in “Sovereign Acts,” Frances Negron-Muntaner, editor. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (under review).

Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Kanaka Maoli Performance (Book Manuscript under review at UNC Press).

“Decolonizing API: Centering Indigenous Pacific Islander Feminisms” (with Maile Arvin) in “Asian Americans and Women of Color Feminisms,” Lynn Fujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan, eds., University of Washington Press (under review).

“The Theorist and the Theorized: Indigenous Critiques of Performance Studies” (in preparation).

“The Pride of Aloha: Settler Homonationalism and Gay Tourism in the Pacific,” (in preparation).



Ph.D., Program in American Culture, University of Michigan, 2012
MA, American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi, 2005
BA, Sociology & Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi, 2002


My research engages the performance of Native Pacific Islander genders and sexualities, straddling Native studies and APIA studies to examine the political and cultural stakes of Native/Indigenous cultural performance and its relationship to emergent decolonization movements, settler-colonialism, and militarism in the Pacific.

My manuscript, "Defiant Indigeneity: Native Hawaiian Performance and the Politics of Aloha" investigates why Native Hawaiians still perform aloha as "traditional culture" despite its commodification and often detrimental effects. I focus on the ways that “aloha,” loosely defined as love, is used to discipline Native Hawaiians and how Native Hawaiians in turn, negotiate our identification with aloha through performance. This research ultimately conceptualizes indigeneity as a performative process, offering Native Studies a critique of indigenous performativity and bringing to Performance Studies an approach that critiques the practices of knowledge-production, the logics of settler-colonialism, and the politics of recognition. Weaving together ethnography, postcolonial criticism, and performance theory, I examine how Native Hawaiian performers are rearticulating aloha and performing it in unpredictable ways to recuperate aloha for community recognition and belonging.



ES 199 - Intro to Pacific Islander Studies

ES 410/510 - Native Feminisms 

ES 410/510 - Critical Indigenous Theory

WGS 321 - Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, and Culture

WGS 410/510 - Gender, Race, and Performance


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