Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies


Ph.D., University of Washington

Field of Specialty

Settler Colonial Studies, Asian American Studies, Pacific Literature, Ethnic Studies, American Literature

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 106

Leanne Day

Leanne Day is an interdisciplinary scholar of race, indigeneity, and U.S. empire with a focus on literary and cultural production in the Pacific. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in English Literature. Her book manuscript, “'Let Hawaiʻi Happen:' Imaginative Narratives of Liberal Empire" juxtaposes current “local” Hawaiʻi fiction with the historical context and archives of U.S. imperialism in Hawaiʻi. This project explores the intersecting topics settler colonialism, exclusionary immigration, Asian American racialization, and indigenous sovereignty movements though historical moments and cultural production.

Day teaches courses on Asian American and Pacific Islander histories through examinations of race, empire, labor, gender, class, and sexuality by utilizing various literary and cultural texts.

Courses Taught

AAPI 140b Introduction to Asian American Studies
AAPI 150b Asian American Pacific Islander Literature and Popular Culture