Nicole Kurashige


Office hours:
Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 AM (FALL 2018)

Born on Oʻahu and raised in Mililani, I spent much of my childhood buried between the stacks of books at my grandparent's house and the local library. I graduated from Mililani High School in 2010 and currently attend UH Mānoa as an incoming Ph.D candidate for the Fall 2017 semester. Though my academic background is strongly influenced by literary and cultural studies, I also have a real passion for composition and pedagogy. Ideally, I would love to incorporate my personal and professional interests regarding comics/graphic novels and video games into an engaging composition course that can help students expand their understandings and notions about writing.

Areas of Interest

  • Trauma narratives
  • Life writing studies
  • Graphic (auto)biographies
  • Visual rhetoric
  • New media rhetoric
  • Comics studies
  • Video game studies


  • Highest Honors for Undergraduate Thesis, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honors Department, May 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, May 2014
  • Biography Prize, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, December 2016
  • Best Graduate Paper in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, December 2017


  • BA English with Highest Honors (Spring 2014), University of Hawaii at Mānoa
  • MA English, Literary Studies (Fall 2015), University of Hawaii at Mānoa


Spring Semester 2019
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Fall Semester 2018
  • ENG-271: Intro to Lit: Genre

Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I