Hi'ilei Hobart

PhD Candidate in Food Studies

New York University

Fellow at the Humanities Initiative

New York University

Hiʻilei Julia Hobart is a doctoral candidate in the Food Studies program at New York University. Her research is concerned with how food and print media frames territorial occupation in nineteenth-century settler colonial contexts. Her dissertation research uses frozen water, or ice, to explore the politics of ingestion, representation, and materiality in colonial Hawai'i. She holds a BA from Colby College in English and Creative Writing, an MA from the Bard Graduate Center in the History of Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, and an MLS from the Pratt Institute with a focus on Rare Books and Archives Management. She has worked in special collections in the Rare Books Division of New York Public Library, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New-York Historical Society as a manuscript cataloger. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Tropical Necessities: Ice, Territory, and Taste in Colonial Hawaiʻi, is a history of the importation, distribution, and consumption of frozen water in the 19th and early 20th century. She is a 2015-16 Fellow at the Humanities Initiative at NYU.