CFD Postdoctoral Fellow
Focuses on 20th-century Pacific History and Native Cultural Studies

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Kirisitina (Kiri) Sailiata is the 2019-2021 CFD Postdoctoral Fellow of American Studies. She 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 a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles.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.