Our History · Our Way

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa focuses on comparative analyses of racial and ethnic groups and inequalities among them through the lens of social justice. We take an ʻāina (land) and ocean-based approach to our four focal areas—migration, social justice, oceanic connections, and engagement. Our research and teaching are interdisciplinary and transnational. As ethnic studies scholars, we specialize in race and ethnicity as they intersect with indigeneity, class, gender, and sexuality in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and Oceania.

Our department offers a major (BA) and a certificate in ethnic studies as well as a combined Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree (BAM) in ethnic studies and education Our undergraduate program foregrounds civic engagement and service learning to foster thoughtful and compassionate leaders and stewards of the ʻāina. We train our students to imagine and craft responsible and sustainable alternatives to local, regional, national, and global problems.

The Center for Biographical Research presents:

“In Time, A Writer”
Stephanie Sang, PhD student in English and 2021 Biography Prize winner

We are pleased to announce “Hawaiʻi is my Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific” a book talk by Dr. Nitasha Sharma on Tuesday, October 26th at 3PM HST. Registration link in bio. The event is being co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology.

The Center for Biographical Research presents:

“Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea”
Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Meeting link:
Passcode: 996097

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Registration link in Bio - Join us on Friday, October 22, noon-1:15pm
In this talk, Dr. Saraswati will discuss her most recent book, Pain Generation: Social Media, Feminist Activism, and the Neoliberal Selfie.

The Center for Biographical Research presents:
“Spirit Beyond the Law: Radical Abolition from Olaudah Equiano to Colin Kaepernick”
W/ Hannah Manshel, Assistant Professor of English at UH Mānoa

Thursday, September 23 at 12PM to 1:15PM (HST) on Zoom
registration link in bio

Join us today from noon-1:15pm for a book talk with Dr. Gonzalez — registration link in Bio. 

In this talk, Dr. Gonzalez will discuss her most recent book, _Empire′s Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper_

Honoring our haumāna today at 6pm HST. Congratulations to all on finishing your degree this academic year! For those that want to write a message for our Graduates: individually or collectively please use the link in our bio to post on our ES Graduation Padlet - link in bio.

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