Graduate Faculty


Cristina Bacchilega, Ph.D.

Fairy-tale studies, folklore and literature, gender and fairy tales, translation studies, narratology, feminist theory and literature, folkloristics and colonialism, Hawaiian mo‘olelo in translation


Katharine Beutner, Ph.D.

Fiction and creative nonfiction


James Caron, Ph.D.

19th-century American Literature, Mark Twain, comic art and literature, popular culture, realism and modernism, literary theory


Reed Dasenbrock, Ph.D.*

modernism, literary theory, post-colonial literature, comparative literature


Daphne Desser, Ph.D.

rhetorical history, theory, and criticism, writing and difference, identity construction and negotiation in composition studies, writing pedagogy


Anna Feuerstein, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies (human-animal relationships, liberalism, and empire)
  • Animal Studies
  • Political Theory
  • Victorian Empire and Postcolonial Theory


Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

contemporary women's literature, ethnic U.S. literatures, life writing, disability studies, feminist theory, cultural studies, Palestine


Miriam Fuchs, Ph.D.

modernism, mixed genres, women’s literature, modern American literature, autobiography theory and criticism, art and literature, 20th-century women's literature, and all modes of life writing


Candace Fujikane, Ph.D.

Hawai‘i literature and critical theory, Asian settler colonialism in Hawai‘i, anticolonial cartography in Hawai‘i, Asian American literature and critical theory, Asian American literary cartography.


Mark Heberle, Ph.D.

Renaissance literature, Vietnam War literature


Kuualoha Hoomanawanui, Ph.D.*

Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi (Native Hawaiian literary traditions) / Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literary studies / Kanaka Maoli Intellectual History / Nā moʻolelo ʻokoʻa o Hawai‘i (Literatures of Hawaiʻi) / Nā Moʻolelo o Moana Nui (Oceanic (Pacific) literature) / Indigenous literary nationalism / Indigenous Digital Humanities / Children’s literature / Translation studies / Curriculum development, nā Kula Kaiāpuni Hawaiian language immersion, and culturally-based charter schools / Place-based literacy


Craig Howes, Ph.D.

biography and life writing, 19th-century literature, literary theory, drama and performance, research methods, professional editing


Ruth Y. Hsu, Ph.D.

Reading (all genres), films, excellent meals with friends, US political discourse. Favorite authors right now include: Atwood, Muriel Barbery, Sesshu Foster, Gao Xingjian, Ed Bok Lee, Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, Karen Tei Yamashita.


Laura E. Lyons, Ph.D.

post-colonial literatures and theory, cultural studies, life writing,  corporations, Irish literature and culture


Paul Lyons, Ph.D.

U.S. literatures, literary and cultural theory, literatures of the Pacific region, creative writing


Glenn Man, Ph.D.

19th century British literature, narrative, film


Kristin McAndrews, Ph.D.


Linda Middleton, Ph.D.


Rodney Morales, M.A.

Contemporary fiction, the detective novel, film noir, the literatures of Hawai'i and the Pacific, creative nonfiction, and songwriting.


Jonathan Morse, Ph.D.

American literature, literary history, modernism, prosody, photography


Georganne Nordstrom, Ph.D.

Critical Pedagogy and Composition (including Writing Center Theory) and the implications of location on praxis, Empirical Research, and Place-based rhetoric: Indigenous and minority rhetoric


P. Darin Payne, Ph.D.*

rhetorics of technology and space, new media rhetorics, globalization, composition studies, collaborative learning, cultural reproduction


Craig Santos Perez, M. F. A.

  • Pacific Islander and Native American Literature and Theory
  • Indigenous Studies
  • American and International Poetry and Poetics
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Decolonizing Methodologies;
  • Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Food Writing
  • Environmental Literatures and Eco-Poetics


Peter Quigley, Ph.D.*


John Rieder, Ph.D.

Science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory, British Romanticism


Shawna Yang Ryan, M.A.

Fiction, Asian American literature, Taiwan history and politics


Todd Sammons, Ph.D.

Renaissance and 17th-century literature, Milton, rhetoric, science fiction


Susan M. Schultz, Ph.D.

20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing


S. Shankar, Ph.D.

Postcolonial theory and literature, creative writing, literary theory and cultural studies, translation and translation studies, cultural journalism


Frank Stewart, M.A.

Creative writing, modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, American nature writing, international literature of Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific.


Jack Taylor, Ph.D.


Cynthia Ward, Ph.D.

Critical theory, postcolonial literature, popular culture, oral and performance theory, the novel, orality and performance, west African/African diasporic oral and popular traditions,comparative visual culture


John David Zuern, Ph.D.


*Currently holding university administrative position.