Lisa Kahaleole Hall

Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Cleveland 202


Lisa Kahaleole Hall

"At its best, Women's and Gender Studies helps develop a 'feminist curiosity' that asks, how do things come to be? Feminism asks both what are the ideas and histories that shape the conditions under which we live and understand our lives, and how might we expand the possibilities of freedom, justice, and liberation on every level from the personal to the global."

Professor Hall is interested in the intersections of race, colonialism, and indigeneity with gender and sexuality. She is currently engaged with two different scholarly projects—one an exploration of the space for the grassroots cultural productions of indigenous women and women of color in the US "Women in Print" movement of the 1970-90s, and the second a transnational comparison of indigenous feminisms in the US Hawaii, Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand.


B.A. cum laude Yale University, Women's Studies
M.A. University of California at Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Ethnic Studies

Select Publications

Lisa Kahaleole Hall. "Navigating Our Own 'Sea of Islands:' Remapping a Theoretical Space for Native Hawaiian Women and Indigenous Feminism." Wicazo Sa Review: Native Feminisms: Legacies, Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties, 24:2 (2009).

Lisa Kahaleole Hall. "Strategies of Erasure: US Colonialism and Native Hawaiian Feminism,"American Quarterly 60: 2 (2008), 273-280.

Lisa Kahaleole Hall. "'Hawaiian at Heart' and Other Fictions." The Contemporary Pacific 17.2 (2005), 404-413.

Lisa Kahaleole Chang Hall. "Eating Salt," in Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity, eds. Becky Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi, New York: Routledge, 1996.

Lisa Kahaleole Chang Hall and J.Kehaulani Kauanui. "Same-Sex Sexuality in Pacific Literature" in Amerasia Journal 20:1 (1994): 75-81, reprinted as Dimensions of Desire, ed. Russell Leong, New York: Routledge, 1995.

Lisa Kahaleole Chang Hall. "Compromising Positions" in Beyond A Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the Politics of Excellence, eds. Becky Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Indigenous Women's Experiences
  • Black Feminist History and Activism
  • Feminist Cultural Activism in Theory and Practice
  • Body Politics
  • Wells 101: Black, White and "Other": Race in the US