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Hayley Marama Cavino

Hayley Marama CavinoP.h.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education (Sociology of Education)

Hometown: Tirau, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Education: B.S.Sc. Psychology and M.S.Sc. Community Psycholgy - University of Waikato
C.A.S. Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Certificate in Te Reo Māori (Māori Language), Te Whare Wānanga o Raukawa (University of Raukawa, NZ)

What are your research interests? Why?
I am interested in the historical and political contextualization of intergenerational sexual violation impacting Māori (indigenous people) in Aotearoa/New Zealand. My current preoccupations include: indigenous feminist cartography and the overlay of land/bodies, decolonizing sexual violation in the Western academy, the role of British missionaries in transforming indigenous gender relations, and Māori investments/resistances/complicities in the reproduction of settler masculinities and family life. I undertake this work from the social location wahine Māori (Māori woman)--specifically I belong to Ngāti Whiti and Ngāti Pukenga iwi (tribes). I do the work as a mokopuna (grandchild) with reference to the aspirations of our tīpuna (ancestors) and for the benefit of our children.

Why did you choose Syracuse University?
I chose Syracuse because I have family here. I stayed because of the scholarship and mentorship of faculty (particularly faculty of color) and the Democratizing Knowledge Project.

What other professional, TA, GA, or community activities are you involved in?
I am a member of the Democratizing Knowledge Collective (Syracuse University), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, American Studies Association, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, and the National Women's Studies Association. I am also a member of the Māori graduate roopuu/group funded by Te Atawhai o Te Ao (Independent Māori Research Unit for Environment & Health). Collectively, we do work for He Kokonga Whare--a project about Māori intergenerational trauma and healing. For the 2014-15 academic year I am a visiting professor at Colgate University's Educational Studies department. I have previously taught at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. In my spare time I mentor students, especially indigenous students and students of color, in Aotearoa/New Zealand and on Great Turtle Island. I also enjoy mountain hiking in the Adirondacks and in Aotearoa. Whenever possible I head west (and home) to the Pacific.