is a third-year Ph.D. student in Visual Studies with an emphasis in Global Studies at the University of California, Irvine, where he is thinking about contemporary art, political ecology, and decolonial geographies. He earned a B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2018, graduating summa cum laude with honors in Art History and a certificate in Environmental Studies. 🌊🌻🌋

Aaron is a haole settler based︎in occupied Hawai‘i and on Tongva and Acjachemen lands in the area now known as Southern California. ︎︎︎


(01/2021) Moderator of Possessing Polynesians: In Conversation with Maile Arvin ︎

(01/2021) Symposium co-organizer: Pacific Worlds: Indigeneity, Blackness, and Resistance ︎

(02/2021) 109th CAA Annual Conference: “Burning the American Flag Before the World: Artist-Activist Coalitions in Hawai‘i, For the Future” ︎

Forthcoming essay in Pacific Arts: “Making Room for Earth in Hawai‘i: Sean Connelly’s A Small Area of Land


(11/2020) Eco Aesthetics graduate seminar: Climate Futures Collective on Environmental Justice and Its Discontents

(11/2020) Art and Sustainability guest lecture: “Art Against the Ecological Effects of Militarization”

(10/2020) Contemporary Environmental Art guest lecture: “Mining Maui: Kapulani Landgraf’s Ponoiwi and Land/Art in Hawai‘i”