Ryan Balandran Saifoloi, MA Student (CW)

Pacific Island Literature

Experimental Poetry, Visual Poetry, and Short Story

Queer Indigeneity

Teresa Gebers, MA Student (CR)

Postcolonial Theory

Activism in Literature and Media 

Racial and Ethnic Identity Development


Rayne Greene, MA Student (CW)

Voice in writing

Kanaka ʻŌiwi storytelling and haku moʻolelo

Kanaka ʻŌiwi praxis

Alysha Haeems, MA Student (CW)

Philosophy, Psychology, and Science in Fiction

Weird Fiction: the speculative, absurd, surreal

Fiction’s relationship with social change, identity, and consciousness


Devan Hartsch, MA Student (LSE)



Historical fiction

Dystopian literature


Clint Imholte Jr., MA Student (CW)

Cultural Identity


Fiction and Creative Non-fiction

Brianne Johnson, MA Student (LSE)

LGBT+ Literature

Narratives on Mental Health

Gender in Media  

Joel Llop, BAM Student (CW)

Historical fiction

Stream of consciousness

Literary Modernism

Fiona Lynch, MA Student (CW)

Teaching Writing

Young Adult Literature

Disability Studies


Kimiko Maeda-Leon, MA Student (LSE)


Manga/Comics/Digital Comics

Space and Place

Hope Matsumoto, MA Student (CSAP)

Pasifika Poetry

Black & Native Feminisms

Decolonial & Indigenous Pedagogies


Jacie Miyashiro, MA Student (CSAP)

Social Justice

Writing Pedagogy

Minority Representation in the Media

Kristin Olsen Santana, MA Student (CW)



Trauma and Healing

Amberlie Ong, MA Student (LSE)


Queer Theory

Gender & Sexuality

Early Modern Literature


Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, MA Student (LSE)

Pacific Island Literature

Contemporary Literature


Wilson Pham, MA Student (LSE)

American Literature

British Literature

Modern Media/Pop Culture Literature

Wendy Pias, MA Student (CR)

Classical Rhetoric

Rhetoric in Folklore, Fairy tales, and Mythology

Composition Pedagogy

Natalie Schack, MA Student (CW)

Culture and identity in food and travel journalism

Local Asian-American writers

Myth, folktale and ancient storytelling structures

Rhea Soifua, MA Student (LSE)

Literatures of Oceania 

Indigenous Young Adult Literatures

Literacy Pedagogy 

Hillary Stratton, MA Student (CW)

Historical Fiction

Psychological Portrayal

Narrative Empathy


Coralyn Sunico, MA Student (CR)

Rhetoric of Empathy


Gender and Sexuality

Kandi Klein Timothy, MA Student (CR)

Rhetorics of health and medicine

Social Justice

Writing Pedagogy

Jake Vermaas, MA Student (CW)

Poetics of ruin

Hybridity and Cultural borderlands

Filipino poetry and martial law

Ryan Yamaguchi, MA Student (CW)

Science Fiction Theory/Writing

Narratives and Alternative Mediums

/Expanding Literary Canons

Philosophy and Speculative Fiction

Cameron Mahealani Ahia, PhD Student

Moʻolelo, mele, ʻŌiwi epistemologies

Pacific womenʻs writing and performance

Indigeneity, diasporaneity, decolonial praxis

kaipulaumakaniolono Baker, PhD Student

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi,

ka Hoʻomana a me nā ʻAha

Ke kūkulu ʻana i Ideology kūʻokoʻa


ʻIolani Brosio, PhD Student

Aloha ʻāina and ʻŌiwi epistemologies

Indigenizing composition pedagogy

Moʻolelo and literature of Hawaiʻi and Oceania 

Perry Buto, PhD Student (CW)

Game Studies

Disease in fiction


Claire Buttery, PhD Student

19th/20th Century American Literature

Diasporic Literature

Gender and Race Studies

Elizabeth Calero, PhD Student

Life narrative as forms of resistance

Film and television studies


Donald Carreira Ching, PhD Student

Literatures of Hawaiʻi

Speculative Fiction

Cultural Studies/Gender Studies

Alexander Casey, PhD Student (CW)

Queer YA Literature

Adaptation Studies

Creative Writing Pedagogy


Christina Cawdery, PhD Student

Culturally Relevant Teaching, Pedagogy, and Academia 

Intersectional identities in literature and theory

The intersection of identity and form

Li Shan Chan, PhD Student

Life Writing

Community-based Creative Writing

Cultural Studies in Asia


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

Kari Clements, PhD Student

Constructions of Queer bodies in Digital Spaces
The Rhetoric of Pornography
Graphic Novels


Donovan Colleps, PhD Student (CW)

Donovan_CollepsLiteratures of Hawai‘i

Indigenous literatures

Documentary poetry, Short stories, The novel

Lane Davey, PhD Student

daveyBiblical literature

Religion & popular culture

Cultural preservation through surfing, music, and social movements

Kalilinoe Detwiler, PhD Student

Moʻolelo and creative expression (poetry, fiction, art)

ʻŌiwi rhetorics of sovereignty and resurgence

Place-based pedagogy

Pono Fernandez, PhD Student (CW)

Mo‘olelo/Ka‘ao Hawai‘i

Adaptation of Traditional Literature Techniques by Indigenous Oceanic Writers

Young Adult Literature of Oceania

Janine Fujioka, PhD Student (CW)

Japanese American Poetry

Japanese American Literature and Film

Hybrid and Multi-Modal Narrative Structures

Dax Garcia, PhD Student

Dax PicDisability Studies

First-Year Writing

Modern American Autobiography


Sarah Goodson, PhD Student

Feminist rhetorics

Cultural rhetorics

Writing and civic action

Embodied storytelling

Amanda Huynh, PhD Student (CW)

Creative Writing

Bilingual/Multilingual Poetry

Cultural Studies

Matthew Ito, PhD Student

Hawaiian Literature and Methodologies

Place-based Pedagogy

Kuleana and Lawaiʻa Pono as ways to inform relationships to Hawaiʻi’s coastal ecosystems

Maria Karaan, PhD Student

Austronesian Encounters

Navigational Poetics


Aaron Kiilau, PhD Student

Pidgin Literature and Translingual Composition

TV and Film Studies

Music History


Abraham Kim, PhD Student

Film Studies


Cultural Studies

Elizabeth Yeonkyung Kim, PhD Student

19th/20th Century British Literature

Translation Studies/Comparative Literature

Appropriation of English Literature by Korean Writers during the Japanese Occupation

Soyeon Kim, PhD Student

Asian, Asian American film

Literature/theory, Postcolonial theory

Diaspora studies

Nicole Kurashige, PhD Student

Visual rhetoric, comic studies, and pop cultural studies

Graphic memoir and autobiography (specifically trauma narratives)

Composition and writing center pedagogy

Micah Lau, PhD Student (CW)

Fiction and Nonfiction

Asian American Literature

Contemporary American Literature

Christina Nakyong Lee, PhD Student (CW)

Creative Nonfiction/Fiction

Disability Studies

Creative Writing Pedagogy

Jiyoung Lee, PhD Student

The family in Asian and Asian American films

Feminist linguistics in literature

Identity performances of the nation in diasporic literature

Lin Chia-Hua, PhD Student

Trans-indigenous study

Pacific literature


Jeffery Long, PhD Student (CW)


Modernist fiction

Science/detective fiction

American Romanticism/Transcendentalism

Arielle Lowe, PhD Student

Literatures of Micronesia, Pacific Islands Literature

Indigenous & Mestiza Rhetorics, “Third Space” Pedagogy

Trauma Narratives, Life Writing

Jade Lum, PhD Student

Fairy Tale and Folktale Studies

Visual Rhetoric and Literature – Video Games, Films, Television, Comics

Genre and Adaptation Studies

Gender Studies and Representation in Popular Culture

Jordan Luz, PhD Student

Asian American Studies & Asian American Literature (specifically Filipino American literature)

Contemporary Local Literature of Hawaiʻi

Popular Culture Studies

Place-Based Pedagogy


Lauren Nishimura, PhD Student

Indigenous and place-based rhetorics

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

Hawai’i-based/-situated literature

Leiana San Agustin Naholowaʻa, PhD Student

CHamoru orality, myths, and legends

Indigenous Pacific literature in English

Micronesian women and gender studies

Joana O’Steen, PhD student

Environmental Literature and place-based rhetorics

Irish literature (esp. contemporary Irish drama and postmodern Northern Irish poetry)

Literary linguistics and digital humanities in literary studies

Tiare Picard, PhD Student (CW)


Postmodern American poetry

Contemporary experimental poetry

Creative writing pedagogy

Leilani Portillo, PhD student (CW)

Kanaka Maoli Poetics and Epistemology

Queer Indigenous Pacific Diasporas

Hana Noʻeau as Methodology

Ren Pruitt, PhD Student

Indigenous literature and Decolonial Theory/praxis

Pacific Island Literature and Environmental Humanities

Queer/Gender literature and theory, Affect theory

Novelynn Rubsamen, PhD Student

Novelynn_RubsamenColonialism/postcolonial theory

Globalization studies

Life writing

Ashley Somwaru, PhD Student (CW)

Transgenerational Asian American culture and language / Asian and Asian American women’s literature 

Oral traditions / Multilingual storytelling 

Hybrid Texts / Documentary Poetics / Experimental Poetry

Wyatt Souza, PhD Student

Mele, moʻolelo, and kaʻao Hawaiʻi

Indigenous methodologies/theories

ʻĀina based pedagogy


Mackenzie Suess, PhD Student (CW)

Fiction and hybrid writing
Embodiment and Transformation in Folk- and Fairy Tales

Shilpi Suneja, PhD Student (CW)

Fiction, Non-fiction

Life writing, Postcolonial theory, Ecofeminism, Modernist literature,

Immigrant literature, Diaspora studies

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

Amy Vegas, PhD Student

Indigenous methodologies,


anti-colonial mapping(s) of `āina,

Literatures of Hawai`i,

placed-based composition pedagogy

Brittany Winland, PhD Student (CW)

Ecocriticism and Posthumanism

Fiction Writing and Composition Pedagogy

Queer theory

Hauntology and Monsters

Caroline Zuckerman, PhD Student

Life Writing

Rhetoric and Composition

Writing Center Pedagogy