Recent News

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Craig Santos Perez! Recipient of the Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowship.

Chadwick Lecture

UPCOMING: A lecture (10/22) and a discussion (10/27) with our Joseph Keene Chadwick lecturer this term, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, a fa’afafine artist from Sāmoa-i-Sasa’e (Eastern Samoa), living in Hudson, New York. Taulapapa’s practice includes poetry, painting, film, installation, sculpture, photo-collage, and books.  More at

Many thanks to Noelani Arista of the History Department for graciously agreeing to be a discussant for the discussion on Oct 27th!

Zoom Link for LECTURE:
Topic: Dan Taulapapa McMullin LECTURE
Time: Oct 22, 2020 03:00 PM Hawaii

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Meeting ID: 813 1751 1256
Passcode: fzz11X

++ Zoom Link for DISCUSSION:
When: Oct 27, 2020 10:30 AM Hawaii 
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READINGS for Discussion:
Theirstory book in progress:
with the additional appendix of the essay from a while ago Faafafine Notes:

Fall 2020 English Department Colloquium Schedule

[As always, please be on the lookout for adjustments/additions.]
Unless otherwise intimated, all events through the Fall 2020 semester will be at 3:00 PM on Thursday via Zoom (link will be shared a few days before the event); unusual dates/times are underscored.

10/15 Building on the Retreat Part II: Future of the Department in a Changing Market for PhDs
At the retreat in Fall 2019, the department identified the above topic as worthy of
further discussion. This panel initiates that discussion.
Derrick Higginbotham, Darin Payne, Tiana Kahaukawila

10/22 Joseph Keene Chadwick Lecture
A Queer Theirstory of Polynesia
Dan Taulapapa McMillin

10/29 Presentations by ENG 625 students Part I (details to follow)

11/5 Presentations by ENG 625 students Part II (details to follow)

11/12 Department Meeting

11/19 Research Outcomes Presentations

Members of the two groups that received Research Outcomes Grants in 2019-2020 will present their work. Cristina Bacchilega and Cynthia Franklin, conveners of the
two groups, will facilitate.

12/3 Department Meeting

Fri 12/11 Department End-of-Semester Celebration [Time and format TBD]

Please welcome our new faculty members!

Left to Right: Kristiana Kahakauwila, Hannah Manshel, and Danielle Seid

Kristiana Kahakauwila

Specializations:  fiction, creative nonfiction, contemporary literatures of Hawai`i & the Pacific, Indigenous literatures of North America, magazine editing; publishing

Hannah Manshel

Specializations:  American literature pre-1900, law, Black studies & literatures, Indigenous studies & literatures, queer studies, decolonization, abolition.

Danielle Seid

Specializations:  American film & television history; film theory; narrative studies; feminist and queer media studies; critical race and ethnic studies; Marxist cultural studies; Asian American literature and culture; transgender studies

Click here to watch English Represents! 2020

Recent Books by Faculty

Co-edited by Cristina Bacchilega and Marie Alohalani Brown

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Note: The following statement was approved by the  English Department as a whole. As such it is a departmental statement and should not be taken to represent the personal opinion of every single member of the department.

The UH English Department recognizes the necessary work being done by Academic Labor United to organize for better labor conditions for graduate student workers (graduate assistants, research assistants, and teaching assistants). The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires the University to provide employees–including GAs and lecturers–who are unable to work from home with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 through December 2020. However, as we enter times of increasing hardship, especially for those working as adjuncts or GAs, we need to do more.

We support the demands being made by Academic Labor United, including for sick leave that extends beyond Covid-19. As we prepare to teach face-to-face this fall, we recognize ever more clearly that the need for sick leave and collective bargaining rights, as well as for guaranteed mental and physical health care, is a matter of public health and safety, as well as a way to support graduate students’ basic needs and well being.

We further urge the University Administration to take into account the similar needs of adjunct faculty, including for comprehensive health care and sick leave.