Juliann Anesi is an assistant professor of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She grew up in Sāmoa and Carson, California. Juliann is a member of the Guardian Princess Alliance, a division of S.T.R.O.N.G. Edutainment, which stands for Stories That Root Our Next Generation. As a non-profit organization that creates literature and media that will guide and inspire readers to protect the people and the planet for future generations. These princesses are brave, wise, resourceful, and inspiring leaders. They don’t wait around for a prince to save them — they are a team of superheroines who save the world! Juliann is the co-author of Princess Leilani and the Lanu Tree, focusing on the coming-of-age story of Leilani, a girl training to become a healer. Juliann’s research interests and teachings include indigeneity and disability, educational policies, gender theory, Native Pacific studies, and children’s literature. As a community educator, she has also worked with non-profit organizations and schools in American Sāmoa, California, Hawai´i, New York and Sāmoa. Juliann is currently working on a book manuscript, Women’s Tautua: Disability Activism and Education in Sāmoa.