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Graduate Student Profiles

Carly Makanani Sala

Cohort Year: 2018
B.A.,University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2008, Hawaiian Studies
M.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2014, Hawaiian Studies

Advisor: Dr. Adria Imada
First Field: Transnational U.S. History (19th & 20th C.)
Second Field: Indigenous and Pacific History
Sub-Field: Disability History

Dissertation Topic:
Broadly I work in Transnational U.S. History with a particular focus on the histories of Native peoples subject to US Imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. My dissertation examines education in Hawai‘i as a process of cultural reform aimed at assimilating Native youth to American conventions of behavior and respectability. More specifically I consider the motivations for—and the implications of—gendered vocational curricula on the resulting Hawaiian-American workforce. These educational interventions transformed the early twentieth-century economy and generations of Hawaiian youth.