Sandy Harjo-Livingston

Dr. Harjo-Livingston loves to learn and collaborate and has spent his life traveling the world, earning degrees, teaching, writing and making films. He is American Indian from Tsalagi, Muscogee and Incan tribes and Pacific Islander [Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea].

Sandy grew up playing music, becoming an award-winning clarinetist and tenor saxophonist.

Before moving to Honolulu, Sandy was a Political Theory and History Professor and award-winning Lecturer in Scotland, Italy and the U.S. He researched the intersectionality of religion and politics. With his interdisciplinary background [political science, psychology, philosophy, theology, and history], he developed a theoretical model to understand the deeply symbiotic relationship between religious and political institutions and leadership.

After moving to Honolulu, Sandy began to be involved with ‘Ōlelo Community Media and became an award-winning filmmaker. Over the last few years, Dr. Harjo-Livingston has worked with local filmmakers, writers and actors to get their stories made and distributed. He later joined ‘Ōlelo’s Board of Directors and is currently the Vice Chair.  He also became a part of the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation where he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

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