Life Writing Faculty



James Caron, Ph.D.

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


Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

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


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


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


Kristin McAndrews, 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.


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. Producer, writer and editor of the ‘Ōlelo Community TV series, Plantation Children: 2nd-generation Koreans in Hawai‘i.


John Rieder, Ph.D.

Science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory, British Romanticism


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


John David Zuern, Ph.D.