Dr Lisa Uperesa

PhD. M.Phil. MA. (Columbia University), BA. (UC Berkeley)

Biography

Dr. Lisa Uperesa is Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland.  One strand of her research includes post-/colonial formations, indigenous politics, and contested sovereignties at the heart of and on the margins of U.S. empire. Another examines the place of sport in Pacific communities, with a focus on culture, political economy, and gender.  Dr. Uperesa earned her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley, her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, and is a proud alumna of Samoana High School. Previous teaching appointments include University of Hawai`i-Mānoa, Columbia University, and Hofstra University.  She has served as Acting Director of the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research and is the former Chair of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.

Research | Current

Books

The book manuscript Fabled Futures and Gridiron Dreams: Migration, Mobilities, and Football in American Samoa is currently under review. 

Grants

2018-2019         Faculty Research Development Fund Grant for “Haka on the Move: Sport                                 Circuits and Cultural Performance” ($24, 541)

2018                   Summer Research Scholar for “Haka on the Move: Sport Circuits and Cultural                               Performance” ($6000)

Teaching | Current

Stage 1

PACIFIC 100 Introduction to Pacific Studies, Semester 1, 2019

PACIFIC 105 The Contemporary Pacific, Semester 2, 2019 

 

Stage 2

PACIFIC 200 Pacific Studies, Semester 1, 2019 

PACIFIC 211 Polynesian Warriors: Sport and Pacific Cultures, Not taught in 2019

 

Stage 3

PACIFIC 304 Advanced Pacific Studies, Semester 2, 2019

PACIFIC 311 Polynesian Warriors: Sport and Pacific Cultures, Not taught in 2019

 

Postgraduate

PACIFIC 700/700A  The Pacific: Interdisciplinary Studies, Semester , 2019 

PACIFIC 708/708AB Guided Pacific Research, ) Semester 1 and 2 (full year)

PACIFIC 710 Independent Study, Availability to be advised

Postgraduate supervision

PhD in progress 

Caleb Marsters (Co-supervisor), University of Auckland Pacific Studies

 

PhD Committee Member

Penny-Bee Bovard, UH-Mānoa Sociology

Ruth Craft, UH-Mānoa American Studies

Leitualasa Malieitulua, UC Berkeley Graduate Theological Union

 

Masters completed (Main Supervisor) 

2016: Joseph Halaʽufia, UH-Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies

2015: Katherine Hanna, UH-Mānoa Sociology

2013: Asia Bento, UH-Mānoa Sociology

 

Masters Committee Member

2016: Kafakafa Brian Dawson, UH-Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies

2014: Kacy Lavaka, UH-Mānoa Sociology

2013: Mattias Van Omen, UH-Mānoa Anthropology

2013: Jesi Barnett, UH-Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies

 

Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation Supervisor

2017: Merelisone Qeisene (PG Dip Dissertation), University of Auckland Pacific Studies

 

Undergraduate Theses completed

2015: Michael Higa-Puaoi, UH-Mānoa Sociology (Main Supervisor)

2012: Matthew Hom, UH-Mānoa Sociology/Honors Program (Committee Member)

Distinctions/Honours

2018-2019: Faculty Research Development Fund Grant for “Haka on the Move: Sport Circuits and Cultural         Performance” ($24, 541)

2018: Summer Research Scholar for “Haka on the Move: Sport Circuits and Cultural Performance” ($6000)

2015: University of Hawai`i-Mānoa SAPFB Grant for campus event series “In Football We Trust? Sport and    Polynesian Communities” ($4,120)

2014: Honorable Mention, Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty Program

2014: NCAA Research Grant (Co-PI, $50,000, not funded)

2013-2014: Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan

2012-2013: Invited Participant, Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Race, Gender, and Culture, University of    Hawai`i-Mānoa

2012: Sociology Faculty Research Award, University of Hawai`i-Mānoa, “Samoan Migrations: Football and the                First Year of College” ($5,000)

2011: Alternate, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship

2009-2010: Merit Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ($18,000)

2008: Summer Merit Award, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ($5,000)

2008: Scheps Travel Grant, Columbia University Anthropology Department ($5,000)

2008: Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) PISF Travel Award ($2,000)

2003-2008: Faculty Fellowship, Anthropology Department, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ($350,000 total)

2003-2007: Haynes Summer Fellowship, Columbia University Office of Minority Affairs ($25,000 total)

Responsibilities

2018-                   Postgraduate and Doctoral Adviser, Pacific Studies  

2017-present        MA Thesis Exam Reviewer

2017-present        Curriculum Review Committee

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology and Pacific Studies
  • Migration, Transnationalism, and Pacific Diaspora
  • Sport
  • Indigenous/Pacific Politics and U.S. Empire
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Committees

2018-  : Member, Journal of the Polynesian Society Council

2018-  : At Large Member, Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund, Association for Social Anthropology in                                   Oceania

2018:    EOI Reviewer, HBS Parallel Trial, Marsden Fund Council

 

Professional groups: 

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)

American Anthropological Association (AAA); Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology Section; Association for Feminist Anthropology Section; Association of Indigenous Anthropologists Section; Melanesian Interest Group

 

Service:

Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of the Polynesian Society, The Contemporary Pacific, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia, Environment and Society, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, Bloomsbury Academic, and Sociology Compass

 

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Uperesa, F. L., & Garriga-Lopez, A. M. (2017). Contested sovereignties: Puerto Rico and American Samoa. In Negrón-Muntaner F (Ed.) Sovereign acts: Contesting colonialism across indigenous nations and Latinx America (pp. 39-81). Tucson, USA: University of Arizona Press. 10.2307/j.ctt1vjqqvv.5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39121
  • Uperesa, F. L. (2014). Seeking New Fields of Labor: Football and Colonial Political Economies in American Samoa. In A. Goldstein (Ed.) Formations of United States Colonialism (pp. 207-232). Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.
  • Uperesa, F. L. L. (2014). Fabled futures: Migration and mobility for Samoans in American football. The Contemporary Pacific, 26 (2), 281-301. 10.1353/cp.2014.0045

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Primary office location

FALE - OFFICE BUILDING - Bldg 273
Level 1, Room 102J
20 WYNYARD ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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