Travis Chai Andrade, '24

Bio/Description

Travis Kanoa Chai Andrade is a senior in the Anthropology Department on the Sociocultural Track with an Archaeology certificate. Born and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, his academic interests center around Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) material culture, identity, and sovereignty. Currently, his thesis investigates the production of Indigeneity and Hawaiian identities as mediated through material culture within and beyond Hawaiʻi. Travis’s interest in museums stems from representations of the traditional Hawaiian god Kū. He worked as a Native American Fellow (Summer 2023) at the Peabody Essex Museum in exhibition planning and as an Adrienne Arsht Intern (curatorial, Fall 2023) in the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing (Oceania) for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 


At Princeton, he is passionate about building community through his roles as an RCA for Rocky, leadership in Natives at Princeton (NAP), and through the Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) for Anthropology. Through his work on the UAB, he hopes to get his fellow students excited about the endless possibilities of embarking on ethnographic and archaeological adventures! Feel free to reach out anytime: [email protected]