Dean Itsuji Saranillio

Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

New York University

Dean Itsuji Saranillio received his Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. His teaching and research interests are in Indigenous studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander histories, and cultural studies. Currently, he is working on a manuscript on the admission of Hawai‘i as a U.S. state, examining the complex interplay between different Asian American groups, Native Hawaiians, and whites within historical flashpoints of interaction shaped by opposing versions of history. By assembling indigeneity with other analytics, he theorizes the productive tensions created by placing Asian American and Indigenous histories in conversation. Saranillio’s essays have been featured in American Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, and several anthologies.