Ikaika Ramones

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Ikaika (Kanaka ʻŌiwi) is a PhD student in social anthropology at New York University. His research engages with the roles of philanthropy and bureaucracy in projects of social change. Specifically, he examines decolonization/nation-building movements and entanglements with political economy, taking seriously the broader question of how resurgence movements occur in relation to institutional formations of Indigenous economies, in the context of Hawaiʻi. He also researches the cultural activism of Indigenous media, and the political questions emerging from new technologies and media practices. Ikaika holds a B.A. from Harvard University in social anthropology, with a language citation in Bahasa Indonesia. His research is supported by the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (National Academies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine), the Mellon Mays Fellowship, and Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate.

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