Dr. Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez
is Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of Honors at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on U.S. empire, postcolonial and transnational cultural studies, and more specifically tourism and militarism in the colonial and contemporary contexts. Her publications include a book, Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai‘i and the Philippines
(Duke 2013), recent book chapters in collections such as Making the Empire Work
(NYU 2015) and Mobile Desires
(Palgrave 2015) and various journals such as Radical History Review, Frontiers, and The Global South.