Life Writing Faculty



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


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 / 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.


Craig Howes, Ph.D.

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


Laura E. Lyons, Ph.D.

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


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


John David Zuern, Ph.D.

life writing, fiction, narrative studies, comparative literature, digital literature