Native Hawaiian scholar awarded 2013-14 Mellon-Hawai‘i fellowship

Kula’s Brandy Nalani McDougall is among five Native Hawaiian scholars recently selected for fellowships by the Mellon-Hawai’i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to produce original research and advance their academic careers.

Now in its sixth year, the program provides support for Native Hawaiian academics early in their careers and for others who are committed to the advancement of knowledge about the Hawaiian natural and cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics, and society. The research being pursued by this year’s cohort focuses on a unique and critical selection of Hawaiian literary, language, pedagogical and political topics.

Postdoctoral Fellow McDougall is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who earned her doctorate in English from the university in 2011. McDougall’s monograph examines the continuity of the practice of kaona (hidden meaning) within contemporary Native Hawaiian literature. Her mentor is Cristina Bacchilega, professor in UH-Manoa’s Department of English.

All members of the new cohort are affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The awards enable doctoral fellows to complete their dissertations before accepting their first academic posts and provide postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to publish original research early in their academic careers. Doctoral fellows receive $40,000 each, and postdoctoral fellows receive $50,000 each. Each fellow works with a mentor, who is a leader in the fellow’s field of research.