Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility
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Dr. Tiara Na'puti
Office: Tate Page Hall 113
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Tiara Na’puti is an Assistant Professor in Diversity and Community Studies at WKU.
She is a member of the Chamoru diaspora from Guåhan (Guam), and is the granddaughter of Ana Guerrero Naputi, familian Robat and Vicente Benavente Naputi, familian Kaderon. Her interdisciplinary work is interested in indigenous studies, rhetoric, and cultural studies. Her research addresses militarization, colonization, social movements, and indigenous cultural discourses in Guåhan —particularly among Chamorus and decolonization efforts throughout Oceania.
She earned her PhD in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She earned her B.A. in Communication and Spanish at Emporia State University in 2007. During the completion of her B.A. she attended the Universidad Pública de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and the Universidad Internacional (Cuernavaca, Mexico). During her graduate studies, she worked with nonprofits on immigration rights and legal services, and has testified at the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee) on the political status of Guam.
Na’puti is a member of Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), the National Communication Association, and the Rhetoric Society of America.
A selected list of publications follows:
“Speaking the Language of Peace: Chamoru Resistance & Rhetoric in Guåhan’s Self-Determination Movement.” Special issue, Ending War and Sustaining Peace in Pacific Societies/Mettre fin à la guerre et assurer la paix dans les sociétés du Pacifique, Anthropologica 56. 2 (forthcoming, 2014).
"Plebiscite Deliberations: Self-Determination & Deliberative Democracy in Guam" Journal of Public Deliberation 9.2, 2013.
“Omura, James Matsumoto (1912-1994).” In Great Lives from History: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, edited by Gary Y. Okihiro, 612-614. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012.
“Style as Othering: Authenticity, Class, and Identity in Meet the Natives U.S.A.” In The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics, edited by Barry Brummett, 155-172. Laham: Lexington Books, 2011.
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