Natalie Barrett, MA Student – CW

barrettJapanese internment in literature
Popular fiction
Good writing

Liam Bissen, MA Student – CW

Fantasy Literature


Short Stories

Maya Bousquet, MA Student – LSE

IMG_1035 Relations of literature, science and traditional medicine as practiced in postcolonial settings

Contemporary fiction

Composition pedagogy

Perry Buto, MA Student – CW

butoInvestigating the strengths and weaknesses in human nature through the lens of tragedy

Tracing cultural shifts by comparing literature trends through the ages

Exploring sense of time and place in fiction

Alexander Casey, MA Student – CW

Gender and sexual identity in (young adult) literature

Mythology and its modern adaptations

The structure of series and anthology writing

Erin Cheslow, MA Student – CSAP

Pacific literature

The complex conversation between colonial and indigenous voices

Science fiction


Veronica Freeman, MA Student – LSE

freemanFood narratives

Desensitization of food terminology

20th century American literature

Michael Harris, MA Student – LSE

harrisMiltonic prose
Transhumanist conjecture in literature
Philosophical arguments of the Enlightenment

Paulina Harrison, MA Student – CW

Intersectional representation in (popular) literature

Unoffensive comedic writing

Adapted/“rebooted” literature

Matthew Ito, MA Student – CSAP

itoRace and ethnicity in American Lit
Space and place in literature
Postcolonial literature

Aaron Kiilau, MA Student – CSAP

Interrogating “postcard Hawai‘i”

Music history


Ivy Kim, MA Student – CW

kimCreative Nonfiction

Writing Pedagogy

Asian American Literature

Sashily Kling, MA Student – CW

Poetry/song lyrics

Short stories/storytelling/memoirs


Eric Lauritzen, MA Student – CR

Colauritzenmposition pedagogy
Rhetorical theory and traditions
Rhetoric and new media

Jade Lum, MA Student – LSE

lumFairy Tale and Folklore Literature

Visual Storytelling: film, video games, and visual novels

Adaptation of the fantastic in literature

Thai Luong, MA Student – CSAP

Asian American/ Ethnic literature

Vietnamese American literature

Postcolonial literature

Jordan Luz, MA Student – CSAP

luzGender Identity in Asian-American Literature

Cultural Studies: Gender Studies

Critical Race Theory

Travis Morimoto, MA Student – LSE

IMG_0159 (1)Visual media, narrative in film, television, video games, etc

Literature and pedagogy

Adaptations of old narratives for a modern audience

Nicole Pagan, MA Student – CW

13528822_1169105199807850_7042857349319605942_nShort stories, poetry, & film

Gender, sexuality, & queer studies

Race & ethnicity in (American) literature

Leilani Portillo, MA Student – CW

Hawaiian diaspora

Indigenous literature/methodologies/theory

Resistance and activism through poetry

Rachel Reeves, MA Student – CW


Pacific literature
Narrative journalism
Creative nonfiction

Stephanie Robertson, MA Student – CR

Mindful writing

Composition pedagogy

Jewish American literature

Cavan Scanlan, MA Student – CW

scanlanPacific poetry and literature

Life writing

Indigenous narratives in education

Amy Scott-Zerr, MA Student – CSAP


African literatures

African American literature

Middle Eastern literatures

Caribbean literatures

Dan Sieben, MA Student – LSE

War literature


Law and literature

Mariah St John, MA Student – CR

New media / Digital rhetoric

Pop culture & rhetoric

Turkish German literature

Morgan Stierman, MA Student – CR

Rhetorics of environmentalism

Writing center pedagogy

Rhetorics of social movements

Kristin Trout, MA Student – LSE

troutThe role of women in literature

Poetic prose

20th Century American literature

Rachel (Kalei) Wang, MA Student – LSE


19th century British and American Literature

Kanaka maoli texts

Indigenous methodologies and place-based pedagogy

Cameron Mahealani Ahia, PhD Student

Moʻolelo, mele, ʻŌiwi epistemologies

Pacific womenʻs writing and performance

Indigeneity, diasporaneity, decolonial praxis

Kelsey Amos, PhD Student

Kelsey_AmosRepresentations of Hawai‘i in public discourse

Indigenous resurgence

Literatures of Hawai‘i

Amalia Bueno, PhD Student – CW

Amalia_BuenoFilipino American literature


Creative writing pedagogy

Amy Carlson, PhD Student

Amy_CarlsonLife writing

Visual narratives, especially comics

Fairy tales & folktales

Lisa Chow, PhD Student

Mana WaLisa_Chowhine

Place-based rhetoric

Hawaiian literature

Justin Clapp, PhD Student

Writing Center pedagogy

Place-based pedagogy

Cultural studies

Kaela Clapp, PhD Student


Race and Gender in Contemporary Literature

Coming of Age Stories

African American Literature

Donovan Colleps, PhD Student – CW

Donovan_CollepsLiteratures of Hawai‘i

Indigenous literatures

Creative writing (documentary poetry, short stories, the novel)

Lane Davey, PhD Student

daveyBiblical literature

Religion & popular culture

Cultural preservation through surfing, music, and social movements

Dax Garcia, PhD Student

Dax PicDisability Studies
First-Year Writing
Modern American Autobiography


Steven Gin, PhD Student

Steven_GinPacific literature

Narrative theory

Media studies

Janet Graham, PhD Student

Janet_GrahamPoetry and prose of the Vietnamese diaspora

Narratives of migration

Subject formation

Joseph Han, PhD Student – CW

Joseph_HanResearch: Asian American literature/theory, diaspora/immigration, narratology

Writing: historical fictions, poetry, flash fiction

Teaching interests: creative writing, empire/resistance in literature, immigration narratives, and Korean American literature

Avree Ito-Fujita, PhD Student


Writing center pedagogy

Pacific literature


Scott Kaalele, PhD Student

Scott_KaalelePacific literature

Renaissance literature

Composition pedagogy

Leora Kava, PhD Student – CW


Tongan poetry/lyrics and creative negotiations of Pacific indigeneities (both within the islands and in our diasporas)

Poetry and music-writing as tools for creative activism in the Pacific.

Nicole Kurashige, PhD Student

Visual rhetoric, comic studies, and pop cultural studies

Graphic memoir and autobiography (specifically trauma narratives)

Composition and writing center pedagogy

Bryan Kuwada, PhD Student


Indigenous studies

Hawaiian literature

Kapena Landgraf, PhD Student – CW

Kapena_LandgrafCreative writing pedagogy

Creative writing, short stories, & place-based narratives

Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) literature — fiction & non-fiction

Joshua Lazarus, PhD Student – CW

lazarusIdentity-driven poetry and fiction
Orality, literacy, and intertextuality (especially pertaining to Jewish literature)

Edward Lee, PhD Student

Edward_LeeMinority/Asian American rhetoric

Composition theory/pedagogy & technical/professional writing

Asian American life writing

Jee Young (Vera) Lee, PhD Student – CW

lee, jy

Translation theory and practice

20th- and 21st-Century American poetry

Emily Dickinson


Caryn Lesuma, PhD Student

Caryn_LesumaYoung adult literature

Pacific literature

Composition pedagogy

Jeffery Long, PhD Student – CW


Modernist fiction

Science/detective fiction

American Romanticism/Transcendentalism

LynleyShimat Lys, PhD Student – CW

lysPostcolonial Theory and Diaspora Studies in Literature

Intersectional Feminism, Affect Theory, and Gender / Queer Theory

Translation and Multilingual Literatures

Abbey Mayer, PhD Student – CW


Modernist and Postmodernist fiction.
Classical, Asian and indigenous mythologies.
Anything well-written.


Madoka Nagado, PhD Student

Madoka_NagadoVictorian literature

Life writing

Disability studies

Koreen Nakahodo (Schroeder), PhD Student

Koreen_Nakahodo_(Schroeder)Pacific literature

The literatures of Hawai‘i

Composition and rhetoric

Lauren Nishimura, PhD Student

Indigenous and place-based rhetorics

Cultural Studies (particularly issues of race, identity, and indigeneity)

Hawai’i-based/-situated literature

Jamaica Osorio, PhD Student – CW

Jamaica_OsorioKanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo & Ka‘ao

Indigenous theory

Art, performance, and resistance

Michael Pak, PhD Student

Michael_PakPopular culture

African American literature

Composition pedagogy

Tiare Picard, PhD Student – CW


Postmodern American poetry

Contemporary experimental poetry

Creative writing pedagogy

Rawitawan Pulam, PhD Student

Rawitawan_PulamOld and Middle English literature / early to late medieval culture

Early modern England and the British Isles

Critical theory / history of the senses

Nicole Rabin, PhD Student

Nicole_RabinCritical mixed race studies and literature

Contemporary ethnic literature of the U.S.

Queer theory with a focus on race and affect theory

Noukahauoli Revilla, PhD Student

Noukahauoli_RevillaQueer theory

Feminist theory

Contemporary pacific poetry & poetics

Cornelius Rubsamen, PhD Student

Cornelius_RubsamenPublic sphere pedagogy and education for democracy

Rhetoric of popular culture

Media theory of composition

Novelynn Rubsamen, PhD Student

Novelynn_RubsamenColonialism/postcolonial theory

Globalization studies

Life writing

Eric San George, PhD Student


Environmental literature

19th-century American literature

David Scrivner, PhD Student – CW

David_ScrivnerRepresentations of work and workers in American literature

American short story since 1950

The craft of short fiction

Amanda Silliman, PhD Student – CW

Genres: Science fiction & horror

Transhumanism and culture

Queer and feminist theory in literature

Melinda Smith, PhD Student

Melinda_SmithPacific literature

The novel

Indigenous literature

Elizabeth Soto, PhD Student – CW

Elizabeth_Soto20th-century American poetry in English, particularly spoken word

20th-century Pacific literature in English with a focus on poetry, performance, and plays

Performance studies with particular emphasis on identity, activism, and audience engagement

Wyatt Souza, PhD Student

Mele, moʻolelo, and kaʻao Hawaiʻi

Indigenous methodologies/theories

ʻĀina based pedagogy


Norman “T-Man” Thompson, PhD Student

Norman_ThompsonPacific literature: poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction

Contemporary Hawaiian music

Identity performance: song, dance, tatau

Tina Togafau, PhD Student – CW

Indigenous science fiction

Queer theory

Cultural studies

Cynthia Tsai, PhD Student

tsaiVictorian literature and literary fantasies

Pacific islands literature

Creative writing

Lyn Uratani, PhD Student

Postcolonial theory, nationalist discourse, subaltern studies

José Rizal and his 19th century contemporaries; Anglophone postcolonial writing

Anglophone representations of Spain and Spanishness

Quynh Vo, PhD Student

Contemporary American literature/literature by U.S women of color

Identity and cultural studies

Literature pedagogy

Sharon Weiner, PhD Student

weinerLife Writing and Women Artists
The Rhetoric of Women’s Suffrage in America: 1850-1920
Argumentative Writing

Julia Wieting, PhD Student – CW

Julia_WietingScience and literature

Inquiry-based teaching

Non-linear narratives

Rachel Wolf, PhD Student – CW

Rachel_WolfQueer theory/gender and literature

Post-humanism and cybernetic literature

Young adult literature

Rain Wright, PhD Student – CW

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMemoir/creative nonfiction

African American literature and world literature

Feminist theory

Aiko Yamashiro, PhD Student

Aiko_YamashiroPacific literature and social change

Community-engaged poetry

Critical ethnic studies

Ida Yoshinaga, PhD Student – CW

Ida_YoshinagaTheory and praxis of genre within corporate mass media: form, politics, process

Workplace autonomy, collective organizing, and critical training of creative workers across industrial trans-medial platforms: TV, independent film, fashion, toys, theme parks, comics

Fantastic narrative and social stratification