Meet Uahikea Maile, 2021 Advancing Research Grants for Indigenous Politics Recipient

Uahikea Maile

Project Title: Na Makana Ea: Settler Colonial Capitalism and the Gifts of Sovereignty in Hawai’i

Dr. Uahikea Maile is a Kanaka Maoli scholar, activist, and practitioner from Maunawili, Oʻahu. He is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Centre for Indigenous Studies and Centre for the Study of the United States. Maile’s research interests include: history, law, and social movements on Hawaiian sovereignty; Indigenous critical theory; settler colonialism; political economy; feminist and queer theories; and decolonization. He has published in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being, Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies. He also has published essays in the edited collections Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi (Duke University Press, 2019) and Standing With Standing Rock: Voices From the #NoDAPL Movement (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). His book manuscript, Nā Makana Ea: Settler Colonial Capitalism and the Gifts of Sovereignty in Hawai‘i, examines the historical development and contemporary relations of settler colonial capitalism in Hawai‘i and gifts of sovereignty that seek to overturn it by issuing responsibilities for balancing relationships with ‘āina, the land and that who feeds.

About the APSA Advancing Research Grants for Indigenous Politics Scholars

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from historically racial and ethnic underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomena affecting historically underserved communities and underrepresented groups and communities. In December 2021, APSA also awarded eight projects for the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants for Indigenous Politics for a combined amount of $20,000. Read about the funded projects.