Graduate Faculty


Sarah Allen, Ph.D.

Classical Rhetoric (pre-Socratic Greek) Rhetorical Theory (ecologies) Writing Program Administration


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; film and literature of the Holocaust; writing pedagogy.


Laurel Fantauzzo, MFA

creative writing, young adult fiction, nonfiction writing, journalism, Southeast Asian literature, Philippines literature, Philippine American literature, mixed race and third culture identity


Anna Feuerstein, Ph.D.

  • 18th and 19th -Century British Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies
  • British Slavery and Empire
  • Black Studies
  • Animal Studies and Posthumanism


Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

Contemporary US literatures, critical ethnic studies, life writing, disability studies, queer and feminist theory, genre studies, cultural studies, university politics, 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.


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


Craig Howes, Ph.D.

biography and life writing, 19th-century literature, literary theory, drama and performance, research methods, professional editing


kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, 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.


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.


Kristiana Kahakauwila, MFA

creative writing and craft theory, fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing, journalism, travel writing, Oceanic/Pacific literature, literatures of Hawai'i, contemporary Native American literature


Laura E. Lyons, Ph.D.

post-colonial literatures and theory, cultural studies, life writing,  corporations, Irish literature and culture


Hannah Manshel, Ph.D.

  • American literature pre-1900
  • Law
  • Black studies & literatures
  • Indigenous studies & literatures
  • Queer studies
  • Decolonization & Abolition


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


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


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 English literature, Milton, early modern drama, science fiction, rhetoric, writing center pedagogy


Danielle Seid, Ph.D.

  • American Film & Television History
  • Film Theory
  • Feminist and Queer Media Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Celebrity
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Autobiographical Studies
  • Transgender Studies


S. Shankar, Ph.D.

Postcolonial theory and literature, creative writing, critical caste studies, cultural journalism, literary theory and cultural studies, translation and translation studies, US literature of immigration


Jack Taylor, Ph.D.

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


Joyce Pualani Warren, Ph.D.

Native Hawaiian Literature; Pacific Literature; American Literature; Native Pacific Epistemologies and Cosmogonies (of darkness, space, and time); Black Pacific; 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


John David Zuern, Ph.D.

My writing and teaching focuses on literary criticism and theory, fiction, life writing, and electronic literature. With my colleagues Cynthia Franklin, Craig Howes, and Anna Poletti (Utrecht University), I co-edit the journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. In 2015 Laurie McNeill and I co-edited a special issue of Biography, "Online Lives 2.0," which follows up on the journal's 2003 "Online Lives" special issue.