Theresa Arriola

Concordia University, Montreal

Isa is an indigenous Chamorro woman who was born and raised in the Northern Mariana Islands. Her early encounters with military personnel in her youth inspired her to learn more about her islands’ role in the broader process of militarization. She earned her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Tiohtia:ke/Montreal where she teaches about militarism, indigenous sovereignty and the sociopolitical realities of Oceania more broadly.


  • 2022 “Realistic Island Environments.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, January 25.
  • 2021 “Securing Nature: Militarization and the Environment in the Northern Mariana Islands,” Micronesian Educator, Vol. 31 URL:
  • 2020 “Scenes from Everyday Life in the Northern Mariana Islands during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Oceania. DOI:10.1002/ocea.5264