The M.A. Program

Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of four areas of concentration while also doing substantial course work in one or more other areas. This program of study is designed to provide a broad overview of the changing field of English studies and of the place that each student’s area of interest occupies within that field. The M.A. in English requires 33 credit hours of course work towards the degree, and each concentration has its set of specific requirements. The four concentrations from which the students may choose are:


Recent MA Projects and Theses

Spring 2017

Brittney Holt

“My Black Body Under the White Gaze: Visual Analysis of Sierra Faye’s ‘Comfort in the Undiscovered’ and Xaviera Simmons’ One Day and Back Then (seated)”

Chair: Taylor


Samantha Ikehara

“Projecting Asian American Queer Futurities: I Hotel, Empty Soup, and the Inevitability of Forgetting and Failure”

Chair: Fujikane


Avree Ito-Fujita

“‘Writing Across Communities’ and ‘Writing in Digital’ Initiatives of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Online Learning Academy: An Empirical Study on Tutoring Strategies”

Chair: Nordstrom


Brooke Jones

“In a Dark Chrysalis”

Chair: Beutner


Wyatt Souza

“Ke lei maila ʻo Kohala me ka mānienie ē: Reweaving a Lei of Ancestral Sustenance and Transformative Resurgence”

Chair: ho‘omanawanui


Hannah Spencer

“Colonization and Relationships in Hawaii”

Chair: Pak


Kristina Togafau

“Round Dance”

Chair: Beutner


Ken Tokuno

“Asian American Rhetoric: Self-Persuasion and Ethnic Identity”

Chair: Payne


Amy Vegas

“Nā Mo‘olelo o Ka‘u Huaka‘i: Re-membering Genealogical Strands through the Trails of the ‘Āina”

Chair: Fujikane


Isaac Wang

“Tutoring Each Other: Consultant Collaboration in the Writing Center”

Chair: Nordstrom


Fall 2016

Brittany Manley

“Rhetorical Practice Of Teaching: The 21st Century Classroom As A Site Of Social Activism”

Chair: Nordstrom

Summer 2016

Meredith Taylor

“Disabilities and Social Perceptions: Using Children’s Literature for Rhetorical Action”

Chair: Desser

Spring 2016

Iolani Antonio

“Ka Waiwai o ka Moʻo: The Transformative Mana of Moʻo ʻŌlelo in Maui Water Battles and Kanaka Maoli Resurgence Movements Toward Ea”

Chair: ho‘omanawanui


Lindsey Appleton

“Unlocking the Tale of the Swan Maiden to Restore the Swan Maiden’s Wings: The Unnatural Migration in the Twenty-First Century of the Non-Normative Swan Maiden Tale to a Heteropatriachal Ending”

Chair: Zuern


Jason Jayaprakash

“Video Games, Rhetoric, and Globalization: Exporting Capitalist Ideology through Play”

Chair: Payne


Alice Kim

“Writing Across the Curriculum and Information Literacy: A Case Study in Business Writing at University of Hawaii at Mānoa”

Chair: Henry


Justin Koelkebeck


Chair: Beutner


Jessie Lathrop

“Grey: An Ecology of Thought ”

Chair: Ryan


Abbey Mayer

“Kyoto Chupacabra”

Chair: Ryan


Lauren Nishimura

“The Fragmented Biographies of Naʻi Aupuni: Colonial Impositions on ʻŌiwi Expressions of Indigeneity and Sovereignty”

Chair: Nordstrom


Crystel Sundberg-Yannell

“The Letters & Work of Nicholas White”

Chair: Beutner


Bryn Villers

“Crash Home into Water”

Chair: Goldsberry


Chase Wiggins

“Coming Home: Forging Cultural and Political Ties through Mo‘olelo, Folklore, and Place-based Praxis in Hawai‘i”

Chair: Fujikane