Aaron Padgett

Aaron Padgett
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M.A., 2017, University of Missouri

B.A., 2012, Georgetown College

Areas of Study: 
  • Culture and Identity
  • Space, Place, and Community
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Decoloniality and Postcolonialism
  • Diaspora and Transnational Migration
  • U.S. Imperialism in Oceania            
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Ethnography
Aaron Padgett holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in Sociology with emphasis in Sustainable Community Development from Georgetown College. Before beginning graduate-level work, he volunteered with AmeriCorps in Kentucky and with WorldTeach in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
His master’s paper focused on a joint-resolution policy between the FSM and the United States. Examining policy documents, press briefings, political speeches and newspaper articles, the paper utilized discourse analysis to explore the ways in which colonial forms of power were rearticulated/reproduced during a period of self-determination throughout Micronesia. His doctoral research moves toward a focus on Micronesian diaspora communities in the American Midwest to understand how Micronesians navigate notions of place, home, belonging, and identity in light of enduring legacies of colonialism and U.S. imperialism in Micronesia.
Awards and Honors: 

Cambio Center Graduate Student Fellow, 2016-present

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Book Reviews:
2016. Review of David W. Kupferman, “Disassembling and Decolonizing School in the Pacific: A Genealogy from Micronesia.” The International Journal of Conflict and Reconciliation 2(2). 

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Rethinking Subaltern Positionality: Discourses of Power within Micronesian-U.S. Decolonizing Relations.” The 9th International Conference of the Consortium of Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship. October 2016. University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.
“Decolonizing Pedagogy: Critical Cosmopolitanism and the State of Education Reform in Chuuk, Micronesia.” Annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society (held jointly with the North Central Sociological Association). March 2016. Chicago, IL.