Students come from all over the world to participate in this unique program. The diversity of students obtained through our international recruitment enriches the experience for all students and faculty. Many of our students and faculty study cultural issues or issues specific to the Asia-Pacific region, so the presence of a contingent from Asia is appropriate, along with students from other countries and local residents.

An important criterion for an interdisciplinary program is the disciplinary mixture of incoming students. Applicants are required to hold a Masters’ degree. The degrees held by students have included Communication, Business Administration, Computational Sciences, English, Library Science, Economics, Engineering, European Studies, Philosophy, Public Administration, Public Health, Systems Management and many others. Coupled with the diversity of participating units and the focus areas, CIS is truly an interdisciplinary nexus.

CIS PhD Students

Weranuj Ariyasriwatana

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: I am interested to combine Communication Theory, especially Intercultural Communication, with Biomedicalinformatics. My interests also include Swarm Intelligence, ICT Policy & Planning, Communication Rights, and Participatory Development Communication.

Jennifer Beamer

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Institutional Repositories, History of Information, Information Policy, Research Libraries and Open Access, New Institutionalism, and Collaborative Digital Processes

Website: www2.hawaii.edu/~jbeamer

Shiqing Cao

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Health Communication with ICT development

Caterina Desiato

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Diversity and power on the Internet; Ethical aspects of Information Technologies, particularly issues of privacy and control, the appropriation of the social web for personal and social change, and sociotechnical conditions for diverse online political deliberation; and Cross-pollination of methods and concepts from Philosophy, Communication, Network Analysis, and Gender Studies.

Website: https://hawaii.academia.edu/CaterinaDesiato

Sara Douglas

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Medical and social informatics, device product design and evaluation, usability, accessibility, information visualization, attention and cognitive load. I am interested in interdisciplinary collaboration with both the medical field and software engineering field to better understand how to integrate HCI into the software design lifecycle, including evaluation of medical devices.

Kay S. Hamada

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Technology in Academic Advising, ICT Assessment, Social Informatics, Online Communities & Popular Culture

Ryan James

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interests include digital libraries, electronic books, and the digital representation of cultural objects. The data sources I've used so far are library catalogs and collections and digital library collections. The methods used are primarily based on the analysis of metadata and image files. My work is interdisciplinary because it combines library science, information science, and the study of culture.

Philipp Jordan

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: IT and Healthcare, in particular the potential of assistive technology to both support and/or stimulate dementia patients using their remaining individual memory as well as integrate their (informal) caregivers around in a home caring environment.

Website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~philippj/

Taunalei C. Kau

Ph.D. Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Social informatics, communication policy (in governments, organizations, and the socio-technical relationship it has in education), online role development in chat sessions with a primary focus on identification and the implications of it, and cyber assurance. Current research involves building a taxonomy to identify various leadership roles that informally immerge through interactions in online chat sessions. This study seeks to examine whether identifiable communicative patterns are evident through a content analysis that correlate to certain informal roles within the chat environment. This interdisciplinary study seeks to look at communication that has traditionally been studied in offline face-to-face settings and look at it through the lens of social informatics and social network analysis.

Nyle Sky Kauweloa

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My overarching research interests sit at the intersection between gaming cultures and society. This includes looking at competitive video-gaming and e-sports as a tech. & social phenomena in the United States and South Korea. I'm also interested in looking at the nexus between sport and leisure, and looking at where exactly does the professionalization e-sports fit between the two. Other research interests include looking at personal streaming sites (such as Twitch) as a platform for gamers to broadcast personal streams of their own game-play, and the role of audiences in such digital environments.

Website: https://twitter.com/Kauweloa

Joanne R. Loos

CIS PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research focuses on the intersection of wearable information technologies (IT) and health communication. In particular, I concentrate on communication between patients and physicians, looking at things such as patient participation and the physicians' perspective. The wearable IT that I study can be used for patients who might otherwise have trouble communicating their health information to their physicians, be it from a lack of motivation to get involved with their health or with discussions about their health, health literacy issues, disabilities, insecurities, problems related to recall, factors related to language, and so forth. My research seeks to answer the question of how patients and physicians can better communicate with each other and what role wearable IT may play in this process. Keywords: wearables, information technology, health communication, physician-patient communication, personal informatics, social media, health behavior, consumer informatics, patient engagement, patient participation.

Misa Maruyama

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interests focus on how emerging technologies can be used for journalistic activities such as gathering, organizing, analyzing, sharing and communicating information. I am also interested in how usable interfaces can improve the quality of discourse on news websites, engaging citizens and fomenting an exchange of diverse ideas. Twenty-first century journalism sits at the nexus of information technology and social life. For this reason, I plan to draw on many fields in my research, including Human-Computer Interaction, Communication Studies, Library Information Science and Social Informatics. An interdisciplinary approach is vital to advancing the news industry technologically while remaining faithful to journalistic principles of accuracy, objectivity and fairness.

Julie Motooka
Ashiyan Ian Rahmani-Shirazi

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: ICT4D for rural women in the Pacific, Radio in the Pacific, Mobile devices for Development, Media & Communications History, and Pacific Islands Research Methods

Website: https://about.me/ashrahmani

Alicia Takaoka

CIS PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interests are social informatics, communicative and cultural memory, ethics in online communities and technology, writing for science and technology, learning technologies, social computing, transitioning from an in-person to online presence, gender in STEM, and human-computer interaction.

Jonathan Young

Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My interests lie at the intersection of information science and communications. Specifically, I am studying the behavior of scholarly publishing networks, in the hope that we can understand and predict the direction of scientific progress. Ultimately, this might allow the creation of indicators that can highlight important scientific works quickly, a tool that becomes more and more necessary as the amount of information produced increases with each year. I use diverse methods in my research, including traditional bibliometric analysis, social network analysis, and communication theories. The CIS program has given me the opportunity to learn and make use of these various fields (Communications, Information Science, Library Science, Biomedical Informatics), apply them to this research question, and integrate them into a new and powerful interdisciplinary tool.