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Mary Hattori

Mary Therese Perez Hattori
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Outreach Director
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Ed.D. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2014

Moore Hall 215
(808) 956-2658

Mary Therese Perez Hattori joined the center in May 2015 to serve as Outreach Director, with responsiblity for all aspects of outreach, including organizing events and conferences, editing Pacific News from Mānoa, expanding the center's digital outreach, and helping administer the CPIS National Resource Center (NRC) grant. She holds a B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her academic interests include culturally responsive education and leadership, leadership development, and indigenous research methodologies. Her dissertation examines culturally responsive educational technology practices.

Dr. Hattori also serves as a lecturer for the Learning Design and Technology Department and the Educational Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice of the College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, teaching topics such as distance learning course design, indigenous research methodologies, digital leadership, and digital wisdom. Prior to coming to CPIS, she was Coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology at Kapi'olani Community College, where she was responsible for coordination and management of campus technology and taught educational technology courses in the preservice education program.

She is also passionate about leadership development, especially for Pacific Islanders, and has participated in a number of programs, including the UH System's President's Emerging Leaders Program, the UH Community Colleges' Wo Learning Champions Program, and the Pacific American Foundation's National Pacific American Leadership Institute. She is involved in community service, professional development, and outreach activities for a number of organizations, including local high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as private sector and not-for-profit groups.

A native of Guåhan (Guam), she is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori (familian Titang) and resides on O'ahu. Learn more about Dr. Hattori at


2016 Culturally Sustaining Leadership: A Pacific Islander’s Perspective. Education Sciences  6(1), 4; doi:10.3390/educsci6010004
2014 Dissertation: Culturally Responsive Educational Technology
Dr. Hattori's indigenous-oriented qualitative action research study examined the question, "What can we learn about indigenizing educational technology by examining the experiences of technology-using Indigenous educators?" The outcomes of her study promote deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures of the US-affiliated Pacific Islands and can advance educational technology practices that create harmonious learning experiences for Indigenous students and educators.
2006 Classroom Lesson Plans on the WorldWideWeb, Real World Learning Objects Resource Library, PT3 Community Colleges Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation through Technology Project (Pathways) with funding from the US Department of Education, a peer-reviewed library.
1998 Guam, Mariana Islands (co-author). In Resistance in Paradise: Rethinking 100 Years of U.S. Involvement in the Caribbean and the Pacific, edited by Deborah Wei and Rachel Kamel. Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee and Philadelphia School District Office of Curriculum Support.

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