Assistant Professor
Focuses on 20th-century Pacific History and Native Cultural Studies

Taoyateduta Hall 101

Kirisitina (Kiri) Sailiata earned her PhD and MA in American Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her BA in American Studies from Macalester College. Sailiata was most recently the CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies at Macalester College. Her main research project is tentatively titled, The Samoan Cause: Culture, Colonialism and the Rule of Law, which examines the formation of American Samoa as a territory and attending US citizenship debates in the early 20th century.

A 2006 Macalester alum, Sailiata was part of the first graduating cohorts in the Department of American Studies. She is also an active member of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and a first-generation student. She is currently teaching courses on Native visual culture, water rights, social movements, and Asian/Pacific Islander history.