Lana Lopesi is an author, art critic and editor and will commence as Assistant Professor Pacific Islander Studies in the department of Indigenous Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon in the fall.
Lana is the author of False Divides (2018: BWB) and Bloody Woman (2021: BWB). Lana is co-editor of Towards a Grammar of Race: In Aotearoa New Zealand, a forthcoming volume about issues of Race in Aotearoa to be published by Bridget Williams Books. Additionally, Lana is co-editor of Pacific Spaces: Translations and Transmutations, which will be published with Berghahn Books.
Lana was a 2021 Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre. Lana also served as a judge for the Best Writing by a NZ Māori or Pacific Islander category for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand awards (2018) and the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award for the Ockham NZ Book Awards (2020). In 2022, she co-founded Flying Fetu with Grace Iwashita-Taylor an organisation committed to uplifting the work of Moana writers.
Currently Lana is Editor-in-Chief for the Creative New Zealand Pacific Art Legacy Project, a digital-first Pacific art history told from the perspective of the artists. Lana is also co-editor of the Marinade: Aotearoa Journal of Moana Art. Previously Lana was at The Pantograph Punch as the Editor-in-Chief (2017–2019) and Interim Director (2021), and now is co-chair of Pantograph Punch’s board. Before that, she was Founding Editor of #500words (2012–2017) and Editor of Design Assembly (2018).
Lana received her PhD in 2021 from the Auckland University of Technology. The thesis titled Moana Cosmopolitan Imaginaries: Toward an Emerging Theory of Moana Art, was completed under the supervision of Leali’ifano Albert Refiti, Layne Waerea and Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul. This research received a 2021 DCT Māori & Pacific Excellence Award from the faculty and was funded by the Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces research cluster – an international research platform engaging Pacific and Western thought to investigate Vā Moana or Pacific Spaces. Lana is currently as Associate Researcher for the cluster