The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman

Announcing Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s new collaboration with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz!

Volume contributor Dina Gilio-Whitaker recently published All the Real Indians Died Off (Beacon Press, 2016) with indigenous studies scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The book has been getting quite a lot of attention lately, including a coast-to-coast book tour and media engagements around the country. For a look at the NPR Books profile on All the Real Indians Died Off, have a look here. For a look at their KPFA Radio talk in Berkeley, have a look here. And to pick up a copy, make your way over here!

Norman Thompson – University of Hawai’i, Manoa (O’ahu, Hawai’i)

Norman “T-man” Thompson III was born and raised in Lā‘ie, Hawai‘i. In 2009, he graduated from Brigham Young University Hawai‘i with a bachelors degree in English, and obtained a Master’s degree, also in English, in 2012, from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. He is currently a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, focusing his studies on Pacific Literatures. Of Hawaiian, Sāmoan and Māori heritages, Norm’s research interests have always revolved around topics of the Pacific. At BYU-Hawai‘i he wrote on the treatment of time and history in renowned Sāmoan author Albert Wendt’s Leaves of the Banyan […]

Isaiah Walker – Brigham Young University, Hawai’i (O’ahu, Hawai’i)

Isaiah Walker – Professor of History and Department Chair, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i. Isaiah Walker was born and raised in Keaukaha, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. After joining the LDS church in 1990 and graduating from Hilo High school in 1991, he moved to Lāʻie and attended BYUH. He served a mission in San Diego, California from 1992-1994. In 1996 Isaiah married Rebekah Matagi of Lāʻie, they have 4 beautiful children. After graduating with a Bachelors in History from BYU Hawaiʻi in 1997 and earning a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Isaiah completed a PhD. from the University of California, […]

Kevin Dawson, UC Merced, University of California

Kevin Dawson – University of California, Merced (CA, USA)

Research and Teaching Interests: History of the Atlantic World. Early American History. African Diaspora. African American History. I am an assistant professor of history at U.C. Merced.  I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2005.  I was a 2004-2005 Ford Dissertation Fellow and received the 2005 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award. My publications include: “Enslaved Swimmers and Divers in the Atlantic World” in The Journal of American History (March 2006), which received the 2005 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians. “Swimming, Surfing, and Underwater Diving in Early Modern Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora,” Carina […]

Andrew Warren – University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia)

Andrew Warren is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong. “I am a human geographer with primary research interests in the sub-discipline of economic geography. In capitalist economies one important way people are empowered is through waged employment. My research is informed by the understanding that 1) resources and opportunities for meaningful work are not evenly distributed, and 2) many current economic practices are not sustainable. Combining cultural political economic theory with ethnography I am interested in examining how people can shape more fulfilling livelihoods in vibrant places. I have pursued a range of empirical case studies – […]

Colleen McGloin – University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia)

Colleen McGloin is Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at the University of Wollongong. She comes from a multi-disciplinary background in English Studies and Cultural Studies and is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning. Colleen’s key research interests are in critical pedagogy as a body of knowledge that is politically and socially motivated toward social justice. RESEARCH INTERESTS: Indigenous and non-Indigenous critical pedagogy/Indigenous issues Theories of race, nation and culture Feminisms Textual studies / language use Colleen’s publications are at the intersection of Indigenous Studies, critical pedagogy, feminism, and text studies.  Her work in critical pedagogy comes from the […]

lisahunter – The University of Waikato (Waikato, New Zealand)

Dr. lisahunter is Senior Lecturer, Te Whare Wānanga O Waikato/The University of Waikato (Aotearoa New Zealand) Select Publications: lisahunter, Smith, Wayne, & emerald, elke (Eds.). (2015). Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Cultures. Milton Park, Oxfordshire: Routledge. lisahunter. (2015). ‘Stop’: ‘No’. Exploring social suffering in practices of surfing as opportunities for change. In lisahunter, Wayne Smith & elke emerald (Eds.), Pierre Bourdieu and physical capital (pp. 47-56). Abingdon: Routledge. lisahunter. (2015). Seaspaces: Surfing the sea as pedagogy of self. In Barabara Humberstone & Michael Brown (Eds.), Seascapes: Shaped by the sea. Embodied narratives and fluid geographies. Surrey: Ashgate. lisahunter. (2013). What did I […]

Tara Ruttenberg – University for Peace (Costa Rica)

Tara Ruttenberg is Instructor and Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she teaches on alternatives to development and well-being economics for ‘living well’ in harmony with nature. In addition to decolonizing sustainable surf tourism, Tara’s research focuses on the role of Andean indigenous cosmologies and critical action research in supporting post-extractivist futures in Latin America. Tara works as Teaching Assistant for the University of Georgia’s study abroad program, Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica, and she created Tarantula Surf (www.tarantulasurf.com) as an online platform for authentic […]

Krista Comer – Rice University (TX, USA)

Professor Comer is an American Studies scholar of the contemporary period with interests in problems of space, place and their theorization. Her books include Landscapes of the New West: Gender and Genre in Contemporary Women’s Writing (1999) and Surfer Girls in the New World Order (2010). She has published essays about critical regionalism and gender, questions of history in literature and critical theory, Civil Rights literatures and post-Civil Rights political imaginations, feminist environmentalism, and issues of youth politics and girls’ communities under neoliberalism. Professor Comer is at work on several projects. One is an essay collection, Dialogues in US West […]

Peter Brosius – University of Georgia (GA, USA)

Peter Brosius is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia and a surfer since 1969. He is widely recognized for his work with Penan hunter-gatherers in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), where he has recently been involved in court testimony in support of Penan land claims against oil palm companies. Brosius’ work focuses on the political ecology of conservation, with a particular interest in the impact of environmental degradation on local and indigenous communities. He is also the founding director of UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research. Brosius teaches a study abroad program called Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology […]

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