The Other Side of Campus

Episode 18: Eat, Drink, Think: From the Dinner Table to the Classroom with Hi'ilei Hobart

April 23rd, 2021

On this episode, Jen and Stephanie speak with UT anthropologist Hi'ilei Hobart who brings her unique research on food sovereignty and indigenous peoples to the proverbial table of this podcast, discussing the ways in which her personal experiences have shaped her writing and her classroom. We enjoyed this conversation, and we hope you do too! Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!


Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD in Food Studies from New York University, an MA in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and an MLS in Archives Management and Rare Books from the Pratt Institute. Her research is broadly concerned with Indigenous foodways, Pacific Island studies, settler colonialism, urban infrastructure, and the performance of taste. Her book on the social history of comestible ice in Hawai’i investigates the sensorial and affective dimensions of Native dispossession. In particular, she is interested in how personal and political investments in coldness facilitate ideas about race, belonging, comfort, and leisure in the Pacific. Visit her on her website at

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 26th, 2021 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Jen Moon and Stephanie Seidel Holmsten
(Intro theme features additional PTF fellows Patrick Davis, Keith Brown, David Vanden Bout
Music and Sound Design by Charlie Harper (
Produced by Michelle S. Daniel
Creator & Executive Producer: Mary C. Neuburger

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