Hiʻilei Hobart

Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Native Studies in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
She holds a PhD in Food Studies from New York University, an MA in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and an MLS in Archives Management and Rare Books from the Pratt Institute. 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.