Department of Ethnic Studies Faculty

Our faculty offers expertise on local, national, and global political and economic trends, conflicts, and the intersection of these trends with the dynamics of race, class, indigeneity, ethnicity, and gender. We advise, mentor, and train a new generation of critical thinkers and compassionate community leaders.

Ethan Caldwell

Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor
Office: George Hall 304
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-5354
African American Studies, Militarism, Diaspora

Mary Kunmi Yu Danico

Professor, Academic Advisor
Director, Center for Oral History
Office: George Hall 338
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-6963
Asian Diaspora, Oral History, Social Justice

Monisha Das Gupta

Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8086
Migration, Social Movements, Asian Americans

Ulla Hasager, Faculty, Department of Ethnic Studies, UH Mānoa

Ulla Hasager

Associate Specialist, Dir. of Civic Engagement
Office: Dean Hall 5-7
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-4218
Civic Engagement, Service Learning

Kyle Kajihiro

Assistant Professor
Office: George Hall 305
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3484
Imperialism, Militarization, Social Movements

Roderick N. Labrador

Professor, Department Chair
Office: George Hall 341
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-6915
Filipino Culture, History, Politics, Hip Hop

Richard C. Rath

Associate Professor
Office: George Hall 303
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7139
Sound Studies, New Media, Atlantic World

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

Office: George Hall 308
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-5144
Indigeneity, Masculinities, Military, Hawaiʻi

Emeritus/Retired Faculty

Ibrahim G. Aoude

Professor Emeritus
Hawai‘i Political Economy, the Middle East

Noel Kent

Professor Emeritus
Race/Ethnic Conflict, Identity, Social Justice

Jonathan Y. Okamura

Professor Emeritus
Race/Ethnicity, Ethnic Identity, Asian Americans

Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor

Professor, Retired
Hawaiian, Land, Culture, Governance, Nature

Affiliate Faculty

  • Ellen-Rae Cachola - Information Studies (militarism in the Pacific/Asia/U.S., settler colonialism, decolonization)
  • Anthony Castanha - Political Science (Indigenous Cultures)
  • Jennifer Darrah - Sociology (race and ethnicity, urban sociology)
  • Sue P. Haglund - Political Science (Latin American studies, Indigenous studies, international and domestic public policy)
  • Ruth Hsu - English (Asian American and Asian diaspora literary and cultural studies, race and ethnicity)
  • Willy Kauai - Political Science (race, law, and the political history of Hawai‘i)
  • Liana Petranek - Political Science (Political Economy)
  • Christine Quemel - Educational Administration (student affairs in higher education, Asian American and Pinay studies, sexual assault and domestic violence in Asian American and Pacific Island communities)
  • John Rosa - History (20th-century Hawai‘i, Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.)