Assistant Professor Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio



I am a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised on music, mo‘olelo and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in Pālolo Valley to parents Mary and Jonathan Osorio. In 2018 I earned my PhD in English (UHM) with the completion of my dissertation: “(Re) membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Before joining the Indigenous Politics program I was a Ford Dissertation Fellow and served as a faculty specialist for Native Hawaiian Student Services (UHM). I am a proud past Kaiāpuni student, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA), and New York University (MA).

Research Interests

Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo, Politics and History; Indigenous Theory and Politics; Indigenous Queer Feminisms; ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i; and Translation Theory. 


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