Lana Lopesi is Assistant Professor in the department of Indigenous Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon.
She 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 (2022: BWB) and Pacific Spaces: Translations and Transmutations (2022: 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