Anna Marie Christiansen received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University–Hawaii (1992), her M.A. in English from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (1996), and her D.A. in English from Idaho State University (2003). In her doctoral work, she focused on mixed-race identity in African American literature and the classroom dynamics of teaching multicultural texts in a monocultural classroom. Her research interests include literature of Oceania, African-American literature, Native literatures, cultural studies and critical pedagogy. Since 1992, she has taught courses at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, and Idaho State University. Born in Australia and raised in the U.S. mainland, Dr. Christiansen is Maori and is affiliated with the Ngpuhi tribe.