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


Ku’ualoha Ho’omanawanui, 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


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.


Kristin McAndrews, Ph.D.


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


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