Graduate Faculty


Sarah Allen, Ph.D.

composition theory (subjectivity and ethics), creative nonfiction, writing pedagogies


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


Nandini Chandra, Ph.D.

Marxism, Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Literary Modernism, Gender Studies, Comics and Graphic Novels, Childhood Studies


Reed Dasenbrock, Ph.D.

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


Daphne Desser, Ph.D.

rhetorical history, theory, and criticism, writing and difference, Jewish identity construction and negotiation, the Holocaust and life-writing, writing pedagogy


Laurel Fantauzzo, MFA


Anna Feuerstein, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies (human-animal relationships, liberalism, and empire)
  • Animal Studies and Posthumanism
  • 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


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.


John Gagnon, Ph.D.

cultural rhetorics, human rights rhetoric, embodiment/embodied rhetorics, visual rhetoric, composition studies/theory, relational pedagogy, research methodologies, ethics, ethnographic research/oral history methods, community engagement, decolonial theory, indigenous theories, feminist theory.


Mark Heberle, Ph.D.

Renaissance literature, Vietnam War literature


Derrick Higginbotham, Ph.D.

  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Theatre
  • Literary History, Genre, and Cultural Change
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Queer theory/Gender Studies/Feminist Theory
  • Marxism, Materialism, and the New Economic Criticism
  • Queer African Literatures


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 / Indigenous Rhetorics and Writing / 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


Glenn Man, Ph.D.

19th century British literature, narrative, film


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


Gary Pak, Ph.D.

Creative writing, literatures of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Asian American literature, Korean American literature, Ethnic American literature, modern Korean literature in translation, contemporary Korean and East Asian cinema, new physics, jazz, social movements in Hawai'i.  Producer, writer and editor of the ‘Ōlelo Community TV series, Plantation Children: 2nd-generation Koreans in Hawai‘i.


P. Darin Payne, Ph.D.

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


Craig Santos Perez, Ph.D.

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.


Noʻu Revilla, Ph.D.

Contemporary Poetry, Native Hawaiian Literature and Aesthetics, Women of Color Literature and Theory, Pacific Poetry and Poetics, Indigenous Queer Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Cultural Studies and Decolonizing Methodologies


Shawna Yang Ryan, M.A.

Fiction, Asian American literature, Taiwan history and politics, Fiction of the American West


Todd H. Sammons, Ph.D.

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


Susan M. Schultz, Ph.D.

20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing, mental health issues on campus.


S. Shankar, Ph.D.

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


Jack Taylor, Ph.D.

African American literature, African American visual culture, literature of the Black diaspora, and critical theory


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


Joyce Warren, Ph.D.

Native Hawaiian Literature; Pacific Literature; American Literature; Native Pacific Epistemologies and Cosmogonies (of darkness, space, and time); Native Pacific Feminisms; Postcolonialism; Diaspora; Literary Nationalism.


Emily West, Ph.D.

Eighteenth-century literature, material culture and textual materiality, gender and sexuality studies, embodiment, history of science, children’s literature and childhood, animal studies


John David Zuern, Ph.D.