GradImpact: Examining the Relationships between Travel and Colonial Writing & Knowledge Production

    Growing up in Oahu, Noah Patterson Hanohano Dolim developed an interest in Hawaiian history at a young age. Dolim, of Native Hawaiian and African American descent, is now doing research on Native Hawaiian travel in the 19th century while he earns his doctorate in history at the University of California, Irvine. He’s interested in the contrast of themes between native authors and colonial authors and how those descriptions affect the way Hawaii has been exoticized.


    Dolim is a recent recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which provides support for students committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Dolim plans to use his funding to conduct research at UCI and back in Hawaii.


    “As a student and a professor, eventually, I want to be a conduit of diversity through teaching, educational outreach and community works,” Dolim says. “Living and researching from the other side of the Pacific has provided me with opportunities and new ways of thinking that I never could have imagined. I can’t wait to share my passion for Hawaiian history throughout my academic career, at home on the islands and beyond.” To learn more about Noah’s work visit the University of California, Irvine website.


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    Photo Credit: Steve Zylius / UCI



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