- UC Santa Cruz
- Visual Studies PhD
Kailani Polzak is a post-doctoral fellow in Art History at Williams College. She specializes in European visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is particularly interested in the pictorial politics of race and colonialism in Oceania. Kailani has conducted research abroad in France, Germany, England, Aotearoa – New Zealand, and Australia with the support of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Georges Lurcy Foundation. She is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled, Inscribed Distances: Picturing Human Difference and Scientific Discovery Between Europe and Oceania regarding English, French, and Russian exploratory voyages in the Pacific and the pictorialization of race in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.