JESI LUJAN BENNETT is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a BA in Critical Gender Studies. At UCSD, Jesi discussed the militarism and proposed military build-up of Guam through the Ethnic Studies Honors Program and McNair Scholar Program. Jesi then graduated with her MA from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UH Mānoa. Her thesis brings a voice from the Chamorro diaspora to the larger discourse of Pacific Islands Studies.
Jesi is a Chamorro woman from San Diego, California but has family ties to Dededo and Barrigada, Guam. She is president of the Marianas Club at UHM and an active participant in Micronesian Connections and Oceania Rising. Jesi also works as an advisor for San Diego’s Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHEʻLU).