Adria L. Imada

Associate Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., New York University, American Studies

Certificate, New York University, Culture and Media

B.A., Yale University, American Studies

Phone: (949) 824-6521

University of California, Irvine
200 Murray Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697

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race and medicine; Indigenous Studies; Pacific Islands Studies; Visual Studies; Disability Studies; Gender and Sexuality; popular culture
American Council for Learned Societies, Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars (2014-15)

University of California, Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2013-14)

Huntington Library, Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-08)

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003-04)

Professor Imada was awarded four prizes for her book, Aloha America: Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Duke University Press, 2012): the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for best cultural history from the Organization of American Historians; best first book in women’s history from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; triennial Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance, and Sally Banes biennial publication prize from the American Society for Theater Research.
Professor Imada’s research is broadly concerned with race, gender, U.S. colonialism, and cultural responses to imperial subordination. Her book, Aloha America, is the first study of the constitutive role of cultural performance in the American colonization of Hawai‘i, utilizing historical, visual, and performance methodologies. She is currently researching and writing a book-length study, Capturing Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease): The Medical Gaze in America’s Pacific Empire. This project is about scientific and popular photography of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) from the late nineteenth to mid twentieth century in the context of U.S colonial expansion. Centered on Hawai‘i and the Philippines, two American possessions that administered major leprosy settlements, the book investigates photographs of Hansen’s disease and their critical role in the medical and legal management of U.S. colonial subjects and leprosy patients.
Publications Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

“Aloha ‘Oe: Settler Colonial Nostalgia and the Genealogy of a Love Song.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 37.2 (June 2013): 35-52.

“Transnational Hula as Colonial Culture.” The Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 46, No. 3 (September 2011): 149-176.

“The Army Learns to Luau: Imperial Hospitality and Military Photography in Hawai‘i.” The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2008): 329-361.

“Hawaiians on Tour: Hula Circuits Through the American Empire.” American Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 1 (March 2004): 111-149.

“Head Rush: Hip Hop and a Hawaiian Nation ‘On the Rise.’” in The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip-Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture (2006)
Grant National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health, 1G13LM011898-01A1
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