College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature

About the College

The College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature is one of the four Arts and Sciences colleges and offers a broad curriculum in English studies, Hawaiian and foreign languages, second language studies, and linguistics. Comprised of six departments and several programs and centers, LLL has capitalized on Hawaii's location in the Pacific to provide, in addition to traditional fields of study, curricula with a nationally unique focus on Asia and the Pacific.


The College presently teaches 30 languages and has the capacity to teach 30 more according to demand. The programs in the College offer a full range of degrees, from the B.A., to the M.A., and the Ph.D. The faculty has long been recognized for its commitment to innovative research in language and literature, and for the excellence of its teaching, with an emphasis on small classes (averaging 20 students) and close interaction between teacher and student.

Departments within the College

·        East Asian Languages and Literatures is the largest department of its kind in the country and offers a curriculum unparalleled in its breadth, depth, and variety of courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

·        English: With over 250 undergraduate majors, over 100 graduate students, and over 60 full time faculty members, the English Department is one of the largest on the Manoa campus. These numbers do not however translate into large lectures: only a handful of courses offered by the Department have an enrollment of more than 25 students.

·        Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages teaches courses in Burmese, Cambodian, Chamorro, Hawaiian, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Lao, Samoan, Sanskrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

·        Languages and Literature of Europe and the Americas houses respected programs in the Classics, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Welsh.

·        Linguistics is the study of human language, including its origin and development into attested varieties. Major subfields are grammar (including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, and the relation between writing and speech), historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology, psycholinguistics (including developmental psycholinguistics and neuro-linguistics), mathematical and computational linguistics, anthropological and ethnolinguistics, and stylistics and poetics.

·        Second Language Studies is probably the oldest and largest independent department in its field in the world. Its faculty and programs are held to be internationally outstanding. According to a study of publication rates in applied linguistics, over a period of ten years, more articles were published by SLS faculty in the major refereed journals in the field than by the faculty of the next three most published institutions combined.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts

·         Chinese

·         Classics

·         English

·         French

·         German

·         Hawaiian

·         Japanese

·         Korean

·         Liberal Studies (English as a Second Language; European Cultural Studies; Indo-Pacific Languages: Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Thai, Vietnamese; Linguistics)

·         Russian

·         Spanish


Undergraduate Certificate Programs

·         Burmese

·         Chinese

·         Classics

·         Filipino

·         French

·         German

·         Hawaiian

·         Hindi

·         Ilokano

·         Indonesian

·         Indo-Pacific Languages

·         Interpretation and Translation

·         Japanese

·         Korean

·         Professional Writing (English, 2003)

·         Russian

·         Russian Area Studies

·         Samoan

·         Sanskrit

·         Spanish

·         Tahitian

·         Thai

·         Vietnamese


Master of Arts

·         Chinese Language

·         Chinese Literature

·         English

·         English as a Second Language

·         Japanese Language

·         Japanese Literature

·         Korean Language

·         Korean Literature

·         Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (Classics, French, German, Russian, and Spanish)


Graduate Certificate Programs

·         Certificate Training Program in Interpretation and Translation

·         Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies


Doctoral Programs

·         East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)

·         English

·         Linguistics

·         Second Language Acquisition


Centers within the College

Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies

The Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies has the primary goal of providing, through theoretically-based academic programs, basic training in interpretation and non-fiction translation. The Center offers a Certificate Training program in translation and interpretation in English in combination with Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.

Center for Biographical Research

The Center for Biographical Research is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of life writing. An active partner in the university’s teaching, advising, and research communities, this center is better known for its publication and outreach activities. Now entering its twenty-sixth year of publication, the Center’s journal, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, explores the theoretical, historical, generic, cultural, and practical dimensions of life writing. The journal’s scholarly, critical, and creative articles, reviews of important new works, annual annotated bibliography, and reports of news in the field make Biography the preeminent journal in life writing studies.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute serves students who have been admitted to the university and who do not speak English as a native language (primarily international and immigrant students). The program provides instruction to help students with academic English, effective study strategies, and integration into the academic community in order to facilitate their academic studies.

Hawai'i English Language Program

The Hawai'i English Language Program is a full-time, intensive English language program with courses offered at all levels, and covering all language skills areas. The program also helps students prepare for university study as well as for using English in their professional and personal lives.

Language Telecommunications, Resource and Learning Center

The Language Telecommunications, Resource and Learning Center provides technical support services to enhance language learning at the university. Its basic objective is to provide language students with the finest learning environment. The center is constantly involved in innovation, renovation, and implementation of high-tech support in order to keep pace with the demands of modern language teaching methodologies. Among other resources, the center houses the Multimedia Computer Lab featuring a PC lab and a Mac lab for use by students, faculty, and staff.

Manoa Writing Program

The Manoa Writing Program oversees the writing intensive program (writing across the curriculum); helps teachers design and effectively teach writing intensive classes; administers and scores the writing placement exam (required for almost all new students); and conducts research projects on writing in the disciplines.

National Foreign Language Resource Center

In order to improve the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages, the U.S. Department of Education provides grants under the Language Resource Centers program for the establishment and operation of centers that serve as national resources through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects. In 1990, the University of Hawaii was granted funds to develop the National Foreign Language Resource Center, one of three such centers at the time--the number has since grown to nine.

Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center

The Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center has the broad mission of improving language instruction in the College and facilitating cooperative efforts among departments.


Student Profile

Student Organizations and Honor Societies

·        LitWits: Undergraduate student organization in the Dept. of English.  The group publishes the magazine Bench Press.

·        Society of English Graduate Students

·        Katipunan is the language and culture club of the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program.

·        The Linguistic Society of Hawai‘i (LSH) is the organization of linguistics students and faculty. The LSH sponsors various social events, including a Halloween party and the Spring Ling Thing, participates in the organization of the Linguistics/SLS Joint Student Conference and the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Student Conference, and conducts an annual bake sale and a book sale, among other activities.

·        The Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language is a student organization whose main purpose is to promote professional and social interaction between its members and the faculty, with particular emphasis on the field as it affects and is affected by students in the department. Through the association, students can provide constructive input into how the department is run and can positively impact the ESL profession both locally and globally.


Extramural Grants and Awards (2001 – 2002)

·        Research Awards: 3 Grants, $10,445

·        Non-research Awards: 16 Grants, $954,091


Interesting Facts about the College


·        Previous Visiting Distinguished Writers: 2000 – 2002 include: Fall 2002: Sia Figiel: experimental and prolific writer from Western Samoa, author of three novels: Where We Once Belonged (1996/1998), The Girl in the Moon Circle (1996, also in French), and They Who Do Not Grieve (1999/2000).

·        Spring 2002: John Pule: Painter and printmaker, novelist and poet.  Pule was born in Niue in the village of Liku and emigrated to New Zealand as a child.  He is the author of several volumes of p poetry, including The Bond of Time (1988).  His novels include The shark that Ate the Sun (1992), and Burn My Head in Heaven (1998).

·        Fall 2001: Robert Sullivan.  A descendant of the Nga Puhi and Kai Tahu tribes of Aotearoa (New Zealand), this Maori poet is the author of Jazz Waiata (19909), Piki Ake (1993), and Star Waka (1999).


Publications and Journals

·        Bench Press, magazine of the LitWits, the Department’s Undergraduate Organization

·        Biography: University of Hawaii press quarterly journal devoted to biographical research. 

·        Chain, an annual volume devoted to specific topics

·        Fresh ReView: an annual collection of prize-winning student essays from the previous year’s ENG 100 sections.

·        Hawaii Review: student-edited, twice-yearly literary journal of UHM, containing student and professional creative writing, essays and art.

·        Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing: an award-winning journal, twice-yearly UH Press literary publication that brings new writing from the Asia-Pacific Region to American audiences and American authors to audiences through the Asia-Pacific Region.

·        Tinfish: a journal of experimental poetry with an emphasis on work from the Pacific region.

·        Katipunan Literary Journal

·        Katipunan Magazin

·        Anthology of Samoan Writers

·        Second Language Studies


Prominent Alumni

East Asian Languages and Literature

·        Sachiko Matsunaga, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, California State University, Los Angeles

Second Language Studies

·        Dana Petteys, Director of the Institute of English studies, Hawaii Pacific Academy (Big Island)

·        Eun-Joo Lee, Lecturer and Program Coordinator in Korean, Stanford University

·        Mark Warschauer, Assistant Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine

·        H. Gary Cook, Director, Office of Educational Accountability, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

·        Paul Sevigny, Director, English as a Second Language program, Trinity Lutheran College

·        Zafar Syed, Education Consultant, Military Language Institute in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)


·        Eric Chock  (MA, Distinguished Visiting Writer in 1996): poetry collections (including Last Days Here), founding editor of Bamboo Ridge journal

·        Steven Heller (MA): novel (Automotive History of Lucky Kellerman – Chelsea Green Publishing Co.), story collection, two appearances in Prize Stories: The O'Henry Awards

·        Nora Okja Keller (Honors, BA): novels (Comfort Woman, Fox Girl – Viking Press)

·        R. Zamora Linmark (Honors, BA):  novel (Rolling the R’s)

·        Darrell Lum – story collection (Sun), numerous plays, founding editor of Bamboo Ridge journal

·        Chris McKinney – novels (Tattoo – Mutual Publishing) and (The Queen of Tears – Mutual Publishing), local ‘best sellers’

·        Michael McPherson (MA): novel (Rivers of the Sun – South Point Press) 

·        Rodney Morales (MA): novel (When the Shark Bites- U.H. Press), story collection (The Speed of Darkness – Bamboo Ridge Press), nonfiction book (Ho‘iHo‘I Hou—A Tribute to George Helm and Kimo Mitchell)

·        Gary Pak (PhD): novel (The Ricepaper Airplane - UH Press), short story collection (The Watcher of Waipuna), play (Beyond the Falls)

·        Joe Rossi (BA): novel, Appointment with Il Duce (2001, Barnes & Noble ‘discovery series’)

·        Michelle Cruz Skinner (Honors, BA): story collection (Balikbayan – Bess Press)

·        Cathy Song (MA, Distinguished Visiting Writer in 1988): 3 poetry collections, winner Yale Younger Poet’s Award

·        Lee Tonouchi (MA): story collection (Da Word – Bamboo Ridge Press), founding editor of Hybolics.

·        Samrat Upadhyay (PhD): collection (Arresting God in Kathmandu – Houghton Mifflin), appearance in Best American Short Stories as well as in Scribner’s Best of the Writing Workshops (a yearly anthology selecting twenty or so pieces of fiction from creative writing programs around the country); novel, Maya; Whiting Award for his first novel, Arresting God in Kathmandu (Houghton Mifflin).

·        Cedric Yamanaka (MA): story collection (In Good Company – UH Press), journalist

·        Lois-Ann Yamanaka  (MA): collection (Saturday Night at the Pahala Theater), novels (Wild Meat and Bully Burgers, Blu’s Hanging, Name Me Nobody, Heads By Harry, Father of the Four Passages) – winner of the 2001 Hawai‘i Award for Literature 

·        Clifford Ames (PhD, 1995), Okanagan College, Canada

·        Steven Bradbury (PhD, 1997), National Central University, Taiwan

·        Carina Chotirawe (PhD, 1995), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

·        David Dzaka (PhD, 2001), Messiah College, Pennsylvania

·        Michael Fassiotto (PhD 1992), Assistant to the Chancellor for Graduate Services, and Director of the Education Program, Charminade University, Hawai‘i

·        Anne Panning (PhD 1997), SUNY Brockport, New York

·        Moonsu Shin (PhD, 1994) Seoul National University, Korea

·        Samrat Upadyay (PhD 1999), Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio

·        Carmen Wickramagamage (PhD 1994), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

·        Houston Wood (PhD, 1996), Department Chair, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawai‘i


Community Service Initiatives

·        Celebrating Teen Reading: a program involving secondary and tertiary education students in mentored reading groups

·        Hawaii Writing Project

·        Children’s Literature Hawai‘i: a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization dedicated to the support and appreciation of children’s literature.  Children’s Literature Hawaii seeks to increase the understanding of the importance of story in shaping children’s lives, and to provide children and those who care about children with opportunities to encounter the rich legacy of story in its many forms.

·        Community, Technology and Lifelong Learning

·        Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): includes innovative language awareness, culture, and education curriculum to support writing and reading in Hawai‘i’s schools.

·        Careers in Language Education and Academic Renewal (CLEAR)

·        GEMS Service Learning

·        Katipunan (Tagalog Club) Community Services

·        Studies of Heritage and Academic Language and Literacy (SHALL)

·        Contribution for the building of the Filipino Community center in Waipahu, Hawaii (Filipino and Philippine Language Program, and Katipunan fundraising efforts).

·        Monthly column in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle

·        Cultural contributions to the annual “Pasko” Christmas celebration at the Honolulu Academy of Art (Filipino Language and Philippine Literature Program)

·        Free course in Filipino language for high school students and community members (Filipino Language and Philippine Literature Program)

·        Review of the Cubano, Vietnamese and Tagalog Programs of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.  (HIPLL)

·        Workshop on curriculum development, teaching techniques and assessment for U.S. teachers of Filipino language.

·        Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies (forthcoming) – Jeff Siegel

·        High School Heritage and Academic Language and Literacy Project – development, implementation and evaluation.  Kathryn Davis, Second Language Studies

Faculty Profile

The College has 215 faculty members, of which 194 are fulltime, and 21 are parttime.

Faculty Publications and Paper Presentations

82 Books, 251 articles and chapters in books, 9 technical reports, 129 other scholarly publications.  442 paper presentations, 27 creative performances.


Editorial Positions for Academic Journals

·        Editorial Board, Language Testing, Language Learning and Technology: J.D. Brown (Second Language Studies)

·        Editorial Board, TESOL Quarterly: J.D. Brown (Second Language Studies)

·        Editorial Board, JALT Journal: J.D. Brown (Second Language Studies)

·        Co-editors, Reading in a Foreign Language (electronic journal): Richard Day and Thom Hudson (Second Language Studies)

Leadership in International, National, Regional and State Professional Organizations

·        President-elect, American Association for Applied Linguistics: Richard Schmidt (Second Language Studies)

Faculty Honors and Awards

·        Association of Book Publishers of Hawaii Excellence in Literature: Ka Palapala Pookela (2001): Marie Hara

·        Best Book of the Year, Los Angeles Times and PEN-USA West Award in Fiction (2000): Ian MacMillan (English)

·        D Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2001: Kathryn Klingebiel (French)

·        Ellen Nold Best Article Award, Computers and Composition for “Community Service Learning and Computer-Mediated Advanced Composition: The Going to Class, Getting online, and Giving Back Project,” 2001: John Zuern (English)

·        Excellence in Teaching Award 2001: Mark Herberle (English), Caroline Sivavaiana-Gabbard (English)

·        Excellence in Teaching Award, Hawaii Association of Language Teachers, 2001: Ruth Elynia Mabanglo (Filipino Language)

·        Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2002): Mark Panek

·        Gawad Balagtas sa Tula (Balagtas Award for Poetry, Award of Recognition for Literary Achievements, Writers union of the Philippines), 2001: Ruth Elynia Mabanglo (Filipino Language)

·        Guggenheim Award: Christina Bacchilega (English)

·        Harriet Goldsberry Memorial Award in Creative Writing (2002): Robert Barclay

·        Hawaii Award for Literature (2002): Nell Altizer (English)

·        Innovation in Instruction Award, American Library Association(2001): Kristin McAndrews (English)

·        Mahalo Award for Community Service, Center for Asia Pacific Exchange, 2001: Richard Schmidt (Second Language Studies)

·        Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, 2000: Marie-Christine Garneau (French)

·        Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, 2001: Paul Chandler (Spanish), Kathryn Klingebiel (French)

·        Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2000: Jean Toyama (French)

·        Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2002: Joy Logan

·        Second Ronald Walton Award for Service, National Council of Organizations for Less Commonly Taught Languages, 2001: Teresita Ramos (Filipino Language)

·        United Filipino Council of Hawaii Progress Award for Distinguished Service in Education, 2000: Teresita Ramos (Filipino Language)




Joseph O'Mealy, Interim Dean, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

BA 1970, Holy Cross College; MA 1971, PhD 1975, Stanford

Victorian Literature, Modern Drama


Jean Toyama, Acting Associate Dean, LLL

BA 1964, Hawai‘i; MA 1967, Purdue; PhD 1975, UC Irvine


The Faculty



East Asian Languages & Literatures



Robert L. Cheng, Professor

BA 1960, MA 1963, Taiwan Normal U; PhD 1966, Indiana

Mandarin and Taiwanese lexicon, phonology and syntax, comparison of Chinese and Japanese, computer-assisted research on language contacts.


Kyoko Hijirida, Professor

BA 1964, Keio (Japan); MA 1970, EdD 1980, Hawai‘i

Japanese language pedagogy; language for special purposes; and curriculum design, development and assessment.


Hsin-I Hsieh, Professor

BA 1963, MA 1966, Taiwan; PhD 1971, UC Berkeley

Chinese language and linguistics; Chinese literature and culture; mathematical linguistics; semantics; cognitive grammar.


Robert N. Huey, Professor and Graduate Faculty Chair

BA 1973, Puget Sound; MA 1979, MA 1980, PhD 1985, Stanford

Classical Japanese literature (especially waka)


Yung-Hee Kim, Professor

BA 1963, Ewha Woman’s (Korea); MA 1968, Indiana; PhD 1984, Cornell

Modern Korean women writers and literature; Korean culture; East Asian women writers and society.


Ying-che Li, Professor

BA 1959, Tunghai (Taiwan); MA 1964, PhD 1970, Michigan

Chinese syntax and semantics, language acquisition, comparative dialects, classical Chinese, sociolinguistics, and language planning.


David R. McGraw, Professor

BA 1981, Massachusetts; MA 1983, PhD 1986, Stanford

Chinese classical literature, especially poetry, particularly Tang shi, Song shi and ci, and Qing ci.


Katsue A. Reynolds, Professor

BA 1958, Chiba (Japan); PhD 1978, UCLA

Japanese socio-historical linguistics and sociolinguistics (gender and class).


Ho-min Sohn, Professor

BA 1956, MA 1965, Seoul National; PhD 1969, Hawai‘i

Korean language and linguistics, Korean-Japanese comparative syntax, general linguistics.


Valdo H. Viglielmo, Professor

BA 1948, MA 1952, PhD 1956, Harvard

Japanese: modern literature with emphasis on Meiji-Taishõ fiction; modern Japanese philosophy.


Tao-chung T. Yao, Professor

BA 1968, Soochow (China); MA 1973, Seton Hall; PhD 1980, Arizona

Chinese language pedagogy, computer-assisted language instruction in Chinese.



Associate Professors


David E. Ashworth, Associate Professor

BA 1964, George Washington; MA 1967, American; PhD 1972, Cornell

Japanese and Asian language pedagogy; telecommunications and language learning; translation pedagogy.


Joel R. Cohn, Associate Professor

AB 1971, Cornell; AB 1975, Tokyo U of Foreign Studies; AM 1978, PhD 1984, Harvard

Japanese literature, especially comedy and modern fiction; and bibliography.


Haruko M. Cook, Associate Professor

BA 1970, 1972, Sophia (Japan); MA 1978, California State; MA 1986, PhD 1988, Southern California

Japanese linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and pragmatics.


John H. Haig, Associate Professor

BA 1969, PhD 1978, Harvard

Japanese linguistics: syntax and semantics, functional syntax, linguistic theory.


Kazue Kanno, Associate Professor

BA 1980, MA 1983, Cal State; PhD 1992, Hawai‘i

Japanese linguistics, syntax, second-language acquisition; parsing.


James R. Landers, Associate Professor

BA 1965, PhD 1971, Indiana

Chinese language and literature.


Dong Jae Lee, Associate Professor

BA 1958, Hankuk (Korea); MA 1963, PhD 1992, Hawai‘i

Korean language and linguistics, language acquisition.


Lucy B. Lower, Associate Professor

BA 1970, Washington; MA 1976, PhD 1987, Harvard

Modern Japanese literature and film.


Nobuko M. Ochner, Associate Professor

BA 1969, Tokyo U of Education; MA 1971, MA 1977, PhD 1984, Hawai‘i

Modern Japanese literature; comparative literature of Japan and the West, bibliography.


Leon A. Serafim, Associate Professor

BA 1968, UC Berkeley; MA 1975, Hawai‘i; PhD 1984, Yale

Japonic linguistics: Japanese and Ryukyuan language history and dialectology; the relation of Japonic to Korean.


Mildred M. Tahara, Associate Professor

BA 1963, MA 1965, Hawai‘i; PhD 1969, Columbia

Japanese: Heian poetry and prose, modern literature.


Arthur H. Thornhill, Associate Professor

BA 1974, Princeton; MA 1978, PhD 1985, Harvard

Medieval Japanese literature and religion.


Alexander Vovin, Associate Professor

MA 1983, PhD 1987, Leningrad State (Russia)

Japanese, Korean and Tungusic historical and descriptive linguistics; Central Asian linguistics; the Ainu Language.


Dina R. Yoshimi, Associate Professor

BA 1984, Yale; MA 1989, PhD 1993, Southern California

Japanese sociolinguistics and discourse analysis; second language acquisition and pedagogy.


Ming-Bao Yue, Associate Professor

MA 1985, PhD 1991, Stanford

Modern Chinese literature, literary history and theory, feminism, cultural studies, film theory.


Assistant Professors


Kimi Kondo-Brown, Assistant Professor

BA 1983, Tokushima (Japan); MA 1987, Utah; EdD 1998, Hawai‘i

Japanese language pedagogy, assessment, language policy.


Hiroyuki Nagahara, Assistant Professor

BA 1984, New Mexico; MA 1988, PhD 1994, UCLA

Japanese linguistics: phonology, morphology.


Giovanni Vitiello, Assistant Professor

Laurea 1985, Rome; MA 1990, PhD 1994, UC Berkeley

Traditional Chinese fiction.






Cristina Bacchilega, Professor

BA 1978, Rome (Italy); MA 1980, PhD 1983, SUNY-Binghamton

Contemporary fiction, folklore and literature, the fairy tale, translation studies, narratology, feminist theory and literature


David Baker, Professor

BA 1979, Calvin College; MA 1983, PhD 1991, Johns Hopkins

Early modern literature and history, post-colonial studies


Larene Despain, Professor

BA 1959, Chicago; MA 1964, Brigham Young; PhD 1976, Connecticut

Theory and practice of teaching composition, American literature, 20th-century fiction


Reinhard Friederich, Professor

BA 1964, MA 1966, Houston; PhD 1971, Washington

Renaissance and comparative literature


Steven Goldsberry, Professor

BA 1971, BYU Hawai‘i; MA 1973, Hawai‘i; PhD 1979, Iowa

Creative Writing


Mark Heberle, Professor, Associate Chair Fall 2002

BA 1968, U of Penn; MA 1972, PhD 1981, Harvard

Renaissance literature, Spencer, biography, Vietnam War literature


Thomas Hilgers, Professor, Director, Manoa Writing Program

BA 1968, St John’s; MA 1970, Claremont; PhD 1980, Hawai‘i

Composition studies, psychology and literature


Craig Howes, Professor

BA 1977, Toronto; PhD 1980, Princeton

19th-century literature, literary theory, research methods


Ian Macmillan, Professor

BS 1963, SUNY Oneonta; MFA 1965, MA 1966, Iowa

Creative Writing


Glenn Man, Professor

BA 1966, MA 1967, PhD 1970, Notre Dame

19th-century British literature, narrative, and film


Joy Marsella, Professor

BA 1963, Baldwin-Wallace College; MA 1970, Pennsylvania State; PhD 1981, Hawai‘i

Composition studies, rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, academic literacy


Robert McHenry, Professor, Graduate Chair

BA 1965, MA 1967, Boston; PhD 1972, Michigan

Restoration and 18th-century literature, Shakespeare, literature and art


Barry Menikoff, Professor

BA 1960, Brooklyn; MS 1962, PhD 1966, Wisconsin

19th and 20th-century literature, textual criticism


Jonathan Morse, Professor

BS 1962, MS 1965, Pennsylvania State; PhD 1975, Indiana

American literature, literary history


Peter Nicholson, Professor

BA 1969, Connecticut; MA 1970, PhD 1973, Penn

English language, medieval literature


Joseph O'Mealy, Professor, Interim Dean

BA 1970, Holy Cross College; MA 1971, PhD 1975, Stanford

Victorian Literature, Modern Drama


Kathy Phillips, Professor

BA 1972, Dickinson College; PhD 1977, Brown

20th-century comparative literature; Biblical and mythical backgrounds


John Rieder, Professor

BA 1974, Cincinnati; MA 1976, PhD 1980, Yale

English Romanticism, science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory


Susan Schultz, Professor

BA 1980, Yale; MA 1984, PhD 1989, Virginia

20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing


Frank Stewart, Professor

BA 1968, MA 1972, Hawai‘i

Creative writing, modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, American nature writing


Valerie Wayne, Professor

AB 1966, DePauw; MA 1972, PhD 1978, Chicago

Early Modern literature and history, including Early Modern women writers; feminist criticism; textual editing


Associate Professors


Frank Ardolino, Associate Professor

BS 1962, St. John’s; MA 1964, NYU; PhD 1975, UC Riverside

Renaissance literature, drama


Morgan Blair, Associate Professor

BA 1967, Wayne State; MA 1969, San Francisco State

Creative Writing


Stephen Canham, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

BA 1968, UC Santa Barbara; MA 1976, PhD 1977, Washington

Victorian and juvenile literature, the novel, advanced argument


James Caron, Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program

BA 1974, Loyola-Los Angeles; MA 1979, PhD 1983, Oregon

19th-century American Literature, Mark Twain, comic art and literature, popular culture


Jeffrey Carroll, Associate Professor

BA 1972, Reed College; MA 1980, Hawai‘i; PhD 1987, Washington

Rhetoric and composition, American novel, fiction


Steven Curry, Associate Professor

BA 1969, Cal State Hayward; MA 1972, PhD 1976, UC Davis

American literature, children's literature, comparative literature, modern poetry and poetic theory


William Foltz, Associate Professor

BA 1965, Michigan; MA 1972, PhD 1977, Wisconsin

Transmission of classical literature in the 19th century, biography


Cynthia Franklin, Associate Professor

BA 1984, Stanford; MA 1988, PhD 1994, UC Berkeley

Contemporary women's literature, ethnic American literatures, feminist theory


Miriam Fuchs, Associate Professor

BA 1970, SUNY Buffalo; MA 1972, Massachusetts-Amherst; PhD 1979, NYU

Modern American literature, autobiography, women writers


Candace Fujikane, Associate Professor

BA 1990, Hawai‘i; PhD 1996, UC Berkeley

Literatures of Hawai‘i, Asian-American Literatures, feminist/nationalist critical theory and practice


Ruth Hsu, Associate Professor

BA 1981, MA 1985, Cal State Fullerton; PhD 1992, Southern California

Modernism, ethnic literature, Asian-American literature, feminist criticism


Robert Hughes, Associate Professor

BA 1973, MA 1976, Cal State Chico; PhD 1981, Indiana

Late 19th and 20th-century American literature, fiction


Judith Kellogg, Associate Professor

AB 1968, MA 1970, PhD 1978, UC Berkeley

Medieval English and French literature, comparative literature, social backgrounds, medieval women writers


Richard Lessa, Associate Professor

AB 1964, Rutgers; MA 1972, Hawai‘i; PhD 1977, Washington

English Romanticism, English Poetry, pastoralism


Joseph Lew, Associate Professor

BA 1982, La Salle; PhD 1990, Stanford

Late 18th-century literature, English and European romanticism, Gothic


Laura Lyons, Associate Professor

BA 1985, Moorhead State; MA 1989, PhD 1993, Texas-Austin

Post-colonial literatures and theory, Irish literature, cultural studies


Paul Lyons, Associate Professor

BA 1980, Hobart College; MA 1981, Michigan; PhD 1990, North Carolina

American literatures, literary theory


Rodney Morales, Associate Professor

BA 1974, MA 1985 Hawai‘i

Creative writing, Pacific literature, American ethnic literature


Robert Onopa, Associate Professor

BA 1964, Illinois; MA 1966, Connecticut; PhD 1974, Northwestern

Creative writing, literary theory


Joan Peters, Associate Professor

BA 1975, Massachusetts-Boston; MA 1979, PhD 1984, Rutgers

Modern British and American literature, narratology, the British novel


Ann Rayson, Associate Professor

BA 1968, Northern Illinois; MA 1969, Northwestern; PhD 1973, Northern Illinois

African-American literature, ethnic American literatures, professional editing, autobiography


Todd Sammons, Associate Professor

BA 1973, Stanford; MA 1974, Indiana; PhD 1980, Stanford

Renaissance and 17th-century literature, Milton, science fiction


Robert Shapard, Associate Professor

BBA 1966, BA 1972, MA 1974, Southern Methodist; MFA 1978, North Carolina Greensboro; PhD 1986, Utah

Creative writing, contemporary American fiction


Gay Sibley, Associate Professor

BA 1967, Cal State San Jose; MA 1978, Nevada; PhD 1982, Oregon

British and American novel, Victorian literature, satire


Caroline Sinavaiana, Associate Professor

BA 1975, Sonoma State; MA 1981, UC Berkeley; PhD 1992, Hawai‘i

Pacific literature and drama, ethnic literatures, folklore, feminist criticism


Cynthia Ward, Associate Professor

BA 1982, UC San Diego; MA 1988, PhD 1990, Stanford

Critical theory, postcolonial literature, popular culture, oral and performance theory, the novel


John Zuern, Associate Professor

BA 1986, Moorhead State; MA 1991, PhD 1995, Texas-Austin

Electronic media, literature and technology, literary theory


Assistant Professors


Daphne Desser, Assistant Professor

BA 1987, MA 1994, PhD 1999, Arizona-Tucson

20th century rhetorics, writing and difference, identity construction and negotiation in composition studies


Roxanne Fand, Assistant Professor

BS 1959, SUNY; MS 1965, CUNY; MA 1985, PhD 1995, Hawai‘i

Feminist and intercultural issues


Nichole Hamai, Assistant Professor

BA 1995, MA 1998, Hawai‘i; PhD 2002, Ohio State

Composition and Rhetoric


Barry Masuda, Assistant Professor

BA 1993, Hawai‘i; PhD 2002, UC San Diego

Ethnic American literatures, literatures of Hawai‘i, cultural studies


Linda Middleton, Assistant Professor

BA 1976, Hawai‘i; MA 1978, UC Berkeley; PhD 1993, Hawai‘i


Richard Nettell, Assistant Professor

MA 1984, PhD 1989, UC Santa Barbara


Gary Pak, Assistant Professor

BA 1974, Boston; MA 1990, PhD 1997, Hawai‘i

Creative writing, literatures of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Asian American literature, Korean American literature, modern Korean literature in translation, New Physics, jazz


Darin Payne, Assistant Professor

BA 1991, Victoria, Canada; MA 1996, Eastern Washington; PhD 2001, Arizona-Tucson

Rhetorics of technology; composition studies, collaborative learning, and cultural reproduction.


Subramanian Shankar, Assistant Professor

BA 1984, Loyola; MA 1986, Madras; PhD 1993, Texas-Austin

Postcolonial theory and literature, creative writing, literary theory and cultural studies, translation and translation studies


Juliana Spahr, Assistant Professor

BA 1988, Bard College; MA 1992, PhD 1996, SUNY Buffalo

Poetic theory and criticism


Hawaiian, Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures




Teresita V. Ramos, Professor and Chair

BSE 1952, U of Philippines; MA 1958, Michigan; UCLA 1964; PhD 1972, Hawai‘i

Philippine linguistics, language learning and teaching, multilingualism, sociolinguistics, child acquisition of language, Filipino language


Prescila Espiritu, Professor

BA 1967, U of the East (Philippines); MA 1972, Hawai‘i

Ilokano language, Philippine theater, language learning and teaching


Stephen D. O’Harrow, Professor

BA 1962, Michigan; MA 1965, London; Doc en Etud Orient 1972, Sorbonne (France)

Vietnamese language, philology and civilization, Sino-Vietnamese


Rama Nath Sharma, Professor

BA 1957, Banaras; MA 1959, Allahabad; MA 1962, Agra (India); PhD 1971, Rochester

Indian linguistics, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Panini


Associate Professors


Emily Hawkins, Associate Professor

BA 1966, MA 1969, PhD 1975, Hawai‘i

Language learning and teaching, Polynesian linguistics, Hawaiian, immersion education


Naomi C. Losch, Associate Professor

BA 1967, MA 1980, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian language and culture, Pacific cultures


Ruth E. S. Mabanglo, Associate Professor

BA 1969, MEd 1980, PhD 1985 Manuel L. Quezon U

Philippine literature, poetry, drama, creative writing, Filipino language


Jack H. Ward, Associate Professor

BA 1951, Kansas; MA 1963, Hawai‘i; PhD 1973, Cornell

Polynesian linguistics, Tahitian, Balinese


Assistant Professors


Josie Clausen, Assistant Professor

BA 1953, U of the Philippines; MA 1986, PhD 1995, Hawai‘i

Ilokano language, language learning and teaching, Philippine linguistics, language and multimedia


Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong, Assistant Professor

BA 1979, Chulalongkorn; MA 1981, Hawai‘i; PhD Wisconsin-Madison

Thai linguistics, language learning and teaching, information technology in language research and language learning


Ulrich Kozok, Assistant Professor

BA 1979, Chulalongkorn; MA 1981, Hawai‘i; PhD Wisconsin-Madison

Indonesian language and literature, prehistory and paleography of Island Southeast Asia, Sumatran philology


John F. Mayer, Assistant Professor

BS 1970, Wright State; MA 1980, PhD 2001, Hawai‘i

Language learning and teaching, Samoan


Marvin R. Nogelmeier, Assistant Professor

BA 1983, MA 1989, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian language and literature, language teaching and learning


Chintana Takahashi, Assistant Professor

BA 1977, Tokyo University of Education; MA 1979, Tsukuba; MA 1985, Rutgers

Thai language learning and teaching, comparative literature


Sam L. Warner, Assistant Professor

BA 1978, MA 1984, PhD 1996, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian language, Hawaiian language immersion education, evaluation, curriculum development and second-language acquisition, educational psychology


Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas




Lucía Aranda, Professor (Spanish)

BA 1980, MA 1985, PhD 1990, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Translation Studies, U.S. Latino Literature, Code-switching, Second Language Learning and Teaching


Robert Ball, Professor and Chair (Classics)

BA 1962, Queens College; MA 1963, Tufts; PhD 1971, Columbia

Greek Literature, Latin Literature, Classical Tradition


Austin Dias, Professor (Spanish) and Chair (LLEA)

BA 1963, MA 1965, UC Santa Barbara; PhD 1971, Wisconsin

Puerto Rican immigrant writers in Hawaii, especially writers of the decima.


Marie-Jose Fassiotto, Professor (French)

BA 1968, San Francisco State College; MA 1969, Hawai‘i; PhD 1974, UC Berkeley

Eighteenth-Century French Literature, Nineteenth-Century Poetry


Kathryn Hoffmann, Professor (French)

BA 1975, SUNY; MA 1979, PhD 1982, Johns Hopkins

Literature, history and the history of medicine in France and other European countries, esp. during the early-modern period. Interdisciplinary literary theory and cultural studies


Kathryn Klingebiel, Professor (French)

BA 1965, UC Berkeley; MA 1979, San Francisco State; PhD 1985, UC Berkeley

Historical grammar of French, phonetics, translation, stylistics. Medieval French literature. Masterpieces of Medieval Welsh Literature


Robert Littman, Professor (Classics)

BA 1964, Columbia; M Litt 1968, Oxford; PhD 1970, Columbia

Septuagint studies, Greek history, history of Greek medicine, Egyptian medicine, biblical history, archaeology


Joy Logan, Professor (Spanish)

BA 1977, Wright State; MA 1981, PhD 1987, Indiana


Maryann Overstreet, Professor (German)

BA 1985, MA 1989, PhD 1995, Hawai‘i

German language, language-learning, discourse analysis


Jürgen Sang, Professor (German)

Dr Phil 1966, Munich

Modern German literature, 18th century genres, German studies


Niklaus Schweizer, Professor (German)

MA 1966, PhD 1968, UC Davis

Classical German literature, European and Pacific history


Jean Toyama, Professor (French) and Interim Associate Dean

BA 1964, Hawai‘i; MA 1967, Purdue; PhD 1975, UC Irvine


Associate Professors


Virginia Bennett, Associate Professor (Russian)

BA 1962, Manhattanville College; MA 1967, PhD 1971, Princeton

Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Russian Symbolism, Early Twentieth Century Russian Literature, and Russian Folklore


James E. Brown, Associate Professor (Russian)

BS 1967, Michigan; MA 1972, PhD 1983, Wisconsin

functional-notional approach to language, the Meaning-Text linguistic model, word etymologies and word borrowings and effective techniques for learning large amounts of language data in multiple languages


Paul Chandler, Associate Professor (Spanish)

BA 1983, Indiana-Purdue Universities; MAT 1985, PhD 1992, Indiana

Second language reading, Professional teacher development, Second language acquisition, Spanish phonetics, Languages in contact


Assistant Professors


Marie-Christine Garneau, Assistant Professor (French)

BA 1977, MA 1978, PhD 1981 U of Lyon (France)

Nineteenth and Twentieth French literature, Memoirs and Autobiography and Cultural Studies


Paul Schroeder, Assistant Professor (Spanish)

BA 1989, George Washington; MA 1995, Arizona State; PhD 2000, Stanford

Latin American Film, 20th Century Latin American Poetry, Caribbean Literature and Culture, and Cultural Theory


Eric Thau, Assistant Professor (Spanish)

BA, San Francisco State; MA, Florida; PhD, UCLA.

Spanish Film, Contemporary Spanish Literature, Cultural Studies


David Webb, Assistant Professor (Spanish)






Robert A. Blust, Professor

BA 1967, MA 1976, PhD 1974, Hawai‘i

Historical linguists, comparative Austronesian linguistics and cultural history.


William O’Grady, Professor and Department Chair

BA 1972, Prince Edward Island; MA 1975, Université Laval; MEd 1978, Harvard; PhD 1978, Chicago

Syntactic theory, language acquisition, and Korean.


Ann M. Peters, Professor and Graduate Chair

BA 1959, Bryn Mawr; MA 1961, PhD 1966, Wisconsin

Children's language acquisition, focusing on the roles of prosody, speech formulas and verbal routines in the acquisition of grammatical morphemes.


Ho-min Sohn, Professor

BA 1956, MA 1965, Seoul National; PhD 1969, Hawai‘i

Korean linguistics, sociolinguistics and language pedagogy, and Micronesian linguistics.


Associate Professors


Patricia J. Donegan, Associate Professor

BA 1967, College of Notre Dame of Maryland; MA 1971, PhD 1978, Ohio State

Phonology, phonetics, first- and second-language acquisition, typology, Munda and Austroasiatic languages, and the relationship of phonology to phonetics


Michael L. Forman, Associate Professor

AB 1961, John Carroll; PhD 1972, Cornell

"Unruly languages" of the Philippines and of Hawai‘i; these include the Philippine Creole language Zamboangueño and the code switching or code mixing of Metro Manila sometimes known as "Taglish", as well as "Pidgin" (or Hawai‘i Creole English).


Patricia A. Lee, Associate Professor

BA 1965, MA 1967, Iowa; PhD 1973, Ohio State

Syntax, semantics, pragmatics and the history of linguistics


Kenneth L. Rehg, Associate Professor

BA 1962, Illinois-Urbana; MA 1965, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; PhD 1986, Hawai‘i

Investigations of the 'life cycle' of phonological rules, Ponapean (Pohnpeian) prosody, and linguistic evidence for prehistoric contacts between Micronesia and Polynesia.


David L. Stampe, Associate Professor

BA 1960, Indiana; MA 1966, PhD 1973, Chicago

Computational linguistics; phonology and prosody; holistic typology and drift; Munda languages


Assistant Professors


Victoria Anderson, Assistant Professor

AB 1983, UC Berkeley; MA 1993, PhD 2000, UCLA

The phonetics-phonology interface; intonational phonology; and speech technology.


Benjamin Bergen, Assistant Professor

BA 1996, MA 1997, PhD 2001, Berkeley

Construction grammar and cognitive grammar, neural computation, probabilistic language phenomena, lexical processing, metaphor, and sound symbolism.


Kamil Ud Deen, Assistant Professor

BA, UCLA; Ed.M., Harvard; PhD, UCLA

First language acquisition (primarily morpho-syntax), the acquisition of Bantu languages, Bantu syntax, and second language acquisition.


P. Gregory Lee, Assistant Professor

AB 1965, Harvard; MA 1967, PhD 1970, Ohio State

Theoretical phonology and syntax, and in computer applications.


Yuko Otsuka, Assistant Professor

BA 1993, International Christian U; Mphil 1996, Dphil 2000, Oxford

Formal syntax (in particular, the Minimalist Program) and Polynesian languages.


Amy J. Schafer, Assistant Professor

BA 1989, Washington U; PhD 1997, Massachusetts

Psycholinguistics, with additional specialization in phonetics and phonology.


Second Language Studies




James Dean “J.D.” Brown, Professor

BA 1973, Cal State; BA 1976, UC Santa Barbara; MA 1978, PhD 1982, UCLA

Language testing, curriculum design, program evaluation, and research methods


Craig Chaudron, Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs

BA 1968, Wabash College; MEd 1976, PhD 1982, Toronto

Second language classroom research and research methodology, applied psycholinguistics, discourse analysis.


Richard Day, Professor

AB 1963, Brown; MA 1967, Southern Illinois; PhD 1972, Hawai‘i

Second language reading and literature, teacher evolution and materials development


Gabriele Kasper, Professor

MA 1975, PhD 1980, Bochum (Germany)

Sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of interlanguage pragmatics.


Michael Long, Professor

LLB 1966, Birmingham (UK); MA 1974, Essex; PhD 1980, UCLA

Second language acquisition, classroom-centered research, applications of SLA and classroom-centered research to second, language teaching


Richard Schmidt, Professor and Director, National Foreign Language Resource Center

AB 1963, Harvard; MA 1971, PhD 1974, Brown

Cognitive and affective factors in adult second and foreign language learning


Associate Professors/Researchers


Robert Bley-Vroman, Associate Professor and Department Chair

BA 1967, Pomona College; MA 1968, PhD 1972, Washington

Applied linguistics, syntax, and second language acquisition theory


Graham Crookes, Associate Professor and Director, English Language Institute

BSc 1972, London; MA 1984, PhD 1988, Hawai‘i

Theoretical foundations for second language learning, the methodology of second language teaching, and teacher development


Kathryn Davis, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Second Language Research

BA 1971, Eastern Michigan; MA 1981, Leeds; PhD 1989, Stanford

Qualitative research methods, language policy & planning, literacy, and bilingual education


Catherine Doughty, Associate Professor

BA 1978, Ursinus College; MS Ed 1982, PhD 1988, Pennsylvania

Second language acquisition, classroom research, computer-assisted language learning, and language technology


Diana Eades, Associate Professor

BA 1973, Australian National; PhD 1983, Queensland (Australia)

Speakers of non-standard varieties, such as Australian Aboriginal English and Hawai‘i Creole English 


Robert E. Gibson, Associate Professor

BA 1963, Cal State Long Beach; MA 1968, PhD 1993, Hawai‘i

Second language methodology, bilingual education, ESL/EFL program administration, English phonology, and Palauan language studies


Thom Hudson, Associate Professor

BS 1971, UC Berkeley; MA 1978, PhD 1989, UCLA

Second language reading, second language testing, English for Specific Purposes, and Program development.


Bonnie Schwartz, Associate Professor

BA 1979, Indiana; MA 1982, PhD 1987, Southern California


Jeff Siegel, Associate Researcher

BA 1967, Cornell; MA 1973, Hawai‘i; PhD 1985, Australian National


Kate Wolfe-Quintero, Associate Professor and Director, Hawai'i English Language Program

BA 1982, Oakland; MA 1986, Michigan State; PhD 1992, Hawai‘i

Interlanguage development, pedagogic grammar, writing pedagogy