The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Brie Adams

Brie Adams Shaw

Brie Adams

Research Interests: 
Native Hawaiian identity formation and social media

I am a native anthropologist who focuses on issues of identity amongst native Hawaiian youths and how these identities are crafted, expressed, and curated through sartorial and music choices and displayed on the social media platform Instagram.

This digital third space is a place for me to work through ideas for my dissertation; ideas may not be fully fleshed out or coherent but they are not intended to be so. Ideas here are all works in progress and should be considered as such.

O ka hā‘ule nehe a nā lau lā‘au, he hāwanawana ia i ka po‘e ola translates to “the silent falling of the leaves of the trees is a whisper to the living”

Ph.D. Student Department of Anthropology