PULLMAN – How Hawaiians and U.S. Americans reciprocally shaped the state building and race making projects of one another and of nations and empires around the Atlantic and Pacific during the 19th century will be discussed in a free public lecture at noon Friday, April 22, in Todd 230.
 
Speaker Christine Skwiot, associate professor of history at Georgia State University, is author of “The Purposes of Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Cuba and Hawai’i” (2010). Her talk, hosted by the WSU history department, is part of a new book project for “The Learning Curves of Race, Nation, and Empire: Hawai’i, the United States and State-Making in the Atlantic and Pacific.”
 
Her research focuses on race and empire, with a particular emphasis on the national, comparative and global histories of the U.S. She teaches courses on empires in modern world history, frontiers and borderlands, Oceania, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. transnational history, and world history.
 
Skwiot earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2002.