Alice Te Punga Somerville

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar, poet and irredentist. She is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. Alice studied at the University of Auckland, earned a PhD at Cornell University, is a Fulbright scholar and Marsden recipient and has held academic appointments in New Zealand, Canada, Hawai’i and Australia. Her monograph Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania (Minnesota) won Best First Book 2012 from the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association. Alice researches and teaches Māori, Pacific and Indigenous texts in order to centre Indigenous expansiveness and de-centre colonialism.