News & Events

 Fall 2018 Colloquium Schedule

  • Friday, November 30th @ 2:30 - 4:00 PM
    Political Science students running for office in Hawai'i
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  • Friday, November 16th @ 2:30 - 4:00 PM
    Organized Abandonment: Life and Waste in Post-Cold War Wai'anae
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  • Friday, November 9th @ 2:30 - 4:00 PM
    "Justice in the genomic Era"
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Department Spotlight

Aloha kākou,

Prof. Petrice Flowers has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholars grant to do research in Japan for 2020-21. Please help me congratulate her! Petrice will be working on her project, Gender and Diplomacy in Japan: Getting Through the Door.

Fulbright awards 5-6 research only grants to Japan each year. It is a great honor that she has been awarded the Fulbright for a second time (the first in 2009). Her 2018 chapter in Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiation was the first publication (in English or Japanese) focused solely on women and gender in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This grant will allow her to continue to work on this important topic.

Congratulations, Petrice!

Ke aloha,


Aloha kākou,

Megumi Chibana now has a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Kanagawa University, teaching cross-cultural studies, ethnic studies, etc. in English in the Department of International Business Administration and Management.

Congratulations, Megumi!

Ke aloha,


Dear Department,

Please join me in congratulating Kathy Ferguson and Mike Shapiro for making it to the Political Science 400! The study tallies the citations to lifetime bodies of work in all journals and books. It includes citation data from when scholars began receiving citations to their most recent work. Table 3 shows the top 25 in each subfield, and this is where youʻll see Mike & Kathy listed among the top 25 most cited political theorists in the field.

Our department always has a healthy skepticism about these types of quantitative measures, but I think itʻs pretty cool. And it is only one small reflection of the brilliant work and influence of our colleagues. Congrats, Kathy and Mike!

You can find more about these rankings Here

Ke aloha,


Maunakea Press Conference

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at noon in front of Hawaiʻi Hall at UH Mānoa, faculty, staff and students from various Oʻahu-based UH campuses will hold a press conference where they will affirm their commitment to steadfastly protect Mauna a Wākea and where they will call upon the UH President David Lassner, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents and the TMT corporation to terminate any and all agreements for the construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna a Wākea. Faculty and students will also urge the UH President and Board of Regents to reject the current proposed Mauna Kea Administrative Rules, which would restrict Native Hawaiian spiritual and customary practices and which would, in effect, criminalize those seeking to protect and sustain the mauna. Thus far, construction-related activity for the TMT has resulted in 57 arrests on Mauna Kea and have included UH faculty and staff and many community members. “As the University community, we should oppose research that severely compromises the work already done to build an ethical relationship between the academy and our community in Hawaiʻi, and that undermines the UH goal to become a model Indigenous-serving institution. We cannot send the message that arresting community, students and faculty is an acceptable cost of research” said Political Science Department Chair, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua. “The policy and practice of UH must begin to prioritize the protection of the Mauna's natural and cultural resources, respect the protectors and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and begin to heal the degradation that has already occurred.” says Hawaiian Studies Department Chair, Konia Freitas. Students will bring attention to the numerous statements of opposition to the TMT since 2013 that have received no response from UH administration and will reaffirm their commitment to protect Mauna Kea from telescope construction. Hawaiʻi Hall is located at Varney Circle next to the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services. Parking is available for purchase in green marked stalls in Varney Circle and behind Kennedy Theatre or in the main parking structure off of Dole Street.







Congratulations Dr. Leon J. No'eau Peralto


Dear Department,

I am very pleased to tell you that one of our former grad students, Yoshie Kobayashi, has become president of Gunma Prefectural Women's University in Japan.

Congratulations, Yoshie. We are pleased and proud of your accomplishment.

Best wishes,


With deep sadness, we write to the department with news of the death of our beloved friend, Nahua Patrinos on Monday, May 14 at 7:20am in the morning in Oakland, California. After suffering from a tenacious illness, Nahua passed peacefully from this earth in the company of her sister, Gina, their hands held as she took her last breath. Services are being planned for Tuesday, May 22 in San Leandro, California with some of us in attendance. A gathering will be planned on O'ahu at a later date. We console one another and those of you who will hear this news with a profound sense of loss of an extraordinary woman of indomitable spirit and immense heart.

Carolyn DiPalma

Kathie Kane

Dorrie Mazzone

Judy Rohrer

Allison Yap


​​Details from Gina regarding the service:

Services will be Tuesday, May 22nd starting at 10 AM followed by reception/food then to the cemetery. Below are the links and also a nearby hotel here in San Leandro. Any who wish to send flowers should send them to St. Felicitas. Please share the information with those that you know want/need it.

Location of Service

Dear Department: I would like us all to take a moment and appreciate the large number of students completing their degrees this semester and over the summer. We have eleven Ph.D. students and three M.A. students graduating. Please congratulate them on their accomplishments and share in the excitement about the great work coming out of our department.

Political Science Graduate Students

Congratulations Carissa on Recieving your Master's Degree


Please join me in congratulating Won Geun on being awarded a research grant from the Toyota Foundation. This award will help to fund his field research in Thailand, Switzerland, and Korea.

Congratulations, Won Geun!

Dear Department,

I'm delighted to announce that Judy Rohrer, our Ph.D. student from a few years ago, has just accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University.

Congratulations, Judy!

Upcoming Defenses

April 12th, 2018: Ryan, Koch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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April 13th, 2018: Ryan, Knight 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Congratulations Dr.Baker


Congratulations Dr.Chibana


March 23rd, 2018

Dear Department,

Please join me in congratulating Emily Pesicka on being the recipient of the Nabumoto Tanahashi Peace Graduate Fellowship for the academic year of 2018-2019. This award is given by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to support dissertation work. Congratulations, Emily!


March 20th, 2018


Please join me in congratulating Meʻe for winning this competitive, feminist dissertation writing fellowship.

Upcoming Defenses

March 20th, 2018: Megumi, Chibana 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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March 22nd, 2018: Tuti, Baker 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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March 23rd, 2018: Reza, Mohajerinejad 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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March 12th, 2018

Dear all:

I'm very pleased to announce that Tuti Baker has been awarded a two year post-doctoral appointment at Brown University in environmental political theory and indigenous studies.


POLS 406 Class


2018 Manoa Experience



February 7th, 2018

Dear all:

Congratulations to Amali Wedagedara upon her receipt of a dissertation research grant from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) to do field work in Sri Lanka.

This is great news, Amali.

January 24th, 2018

Dear Department:

I'm very pleased to share the attached flier for Mike Shapiro's new book The Political Sublime, which is coming out in March with Duke University Press.

Congratulations, Mike!


December 13th, 2017

Dear all:

Congratulations to Nicole for receiving a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program for her work on security and enterainment and leisure infrastructures in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

Congrats, Nicole!

Article Here

Congratulations to Colin for his contribution to this impressive PBS video on Veterans Affairs: "VA: The Human Cost of War." It will be shown locally during the week of Veterans Day.

It is currently accessible at this link from PBS Hawaii: Here

(Colin comes in at 14:45 and speaks frequently through out the remainder of the documentary.)

This could be a good teaching tool if you are dealing with, for example, the longterm consequences of war, or the making and breaking of a federal agency, or the politics of health care.

Congratulations Dr.Hwang


"Land as Pedagogy and Practice: Connections and Collaborations for Indigenous Land-led research"

Summary The UHM CSS was represented at the “Land as Pedagogy and Practice: Connections and Collaborations for Indigenous Land-led research” workshop at Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories on Oct 9 – 12, 2017. Blachford Lake is the home of an innovative land-based tertiary educational institution, called Dechinta Bush University. Working outside the walls of traditional university campuses, Dechinta is located on the unceded land of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, specifically Chief Drygeese Territory of Treaty 8. Dechinta is a land-based, university-credited educational programing initiative led by northern Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, experts, elders and professors. Dechinta’s mission is to provide culturally-appropriate, land-based educational opportunities with and for First Nations peoples of northern Canada, particularly the Dene First Nation. As such, it serves as a potential partner and model for UH in its efforts to be an Indigenous-serving institution. Along with Dechinta, several partner institutions provided monetary and in-kind support to make the “Land as Pedagogy and Practice” workshop possible, including the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and the University of Hawai‘i. During the three-day workshop, we learned what it takes to set up a typical six-week, four course “semester” that Dechinta offers to northern students. We also toured the facilities at Blackford Lake Lodge, which is a model of sustainability, operating fully off-grid in terms of power, water and waste. Most importantly, we learned from Dene elders and leaders about Indigenous lifeways that sustain their people on these territories. This included hands-on participation in fishing on the lake; cleaning and cooking fish; constructing various tents/tipis for teaching and meeting; gathering spruce for flooring and for medicines; and walking their storied territory. Associate Professor Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua led a delegation of four people from Hawaiʻi, including Noʻeau Peralto, a CSS doctoral student who leads HuiMAU, a nonprofit organization providing land-based education on Hawaiʻi island; ʻĪmaikalani Winchester, a veteran 11th-12th grade Hawaiian public charter school teacher at Hālau Kū Māna; and Haley Kaʻiliehu, a Hawaiian artist who works with public schools and other groups to create community-based murals of Hawaiian histories and moʻolelo. The delegation participated in cultural sharing, sustainability-related educational visioning, and planning discussions about building further partnerships. The workshop brought together educators and scholars of land-based, Indigenous learning initiatives throughout Canada, with a goal of building partnerships for future grants applications, such as a SSHRC Partnership Grant.



Invited expert presenters offered a range of different geographic and disciplinary areas of expertise but shared a commitment land-based learning initiatives and critical Indigenous pedagogies. The collective engages in Indigenous ways of knowing, governance practices, and significant research programs committed to long-term engagement with Indigenous land-led learning. Dechinta University faculty participants included Glen Coulthard (also with UBC Political Science), Leanne Simpson, Erin Freeland and Lois Edge. Yellowknives Dene First Nation elders and leaders, Berna Martin, Gordie Liske and Paul McKenzie, were also our teachers. A range of other programs were represented, including:

• University of British Columbia - Michelle Daigle (Geography), Madeline Whetung (Geography), Josh Barciello (Geography), Emma Feltes (Anthropology), Mike Fabris (Geography), and Kelsey Wrightson (Geography)

• University of Calgary - Daniel Voth (Political Science)

• University of Victoria – Heidi Stark (Political Science)

• BUSH_gallery - Tania Willard (curator/artist)


Key themes/findings:

• The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action” include supporting culturally appropriate land-based education initiatives. There is growing recognition of the importance of land-based research and educational programming that can support reconciliation and decolonization. This provides an opportunity to push the envelope in expanding Indigenous land- and community-led educational initiatives at all levels. Our group was primarily focused on tertiary and secondary education.

• While “field schools” have been a common in Western scientific pedagogical models, key leaders in Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education have challenged the model of scientific “field school” approaches and have innovated to integrate grounded normativity into daily practice. In recentering Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies, we take seriously the agency of lands and waters, and the relationships between human and non-human beings. In short, Indigenous land-led education—land as pedagogy—means not just learning on the land, but learning from and with the land.

• Despite widespread acknowledgement of the importance of land-based education initiatives, there has yet to be a significant meeting of land-based education practitioners and students in Canada. This is a crucial time for the future of land-led learning. This meeting laid some groundwork for building networks of collaboration for a future application to a SSHRC partnership grant that could bring together land-led education practitioners from both within and outside university institutions. Potential partners discussed applying within the next 3-5 years, particularly once Dechinta has formalized its certificate-granting program through UBC.

Concrete ideas for educational programming include:

• Secondary to Tertiary Level: A summer “bridge to life” program for Hawaiian charter school graduates. Similar to MASS, this program could offer introductory college courses for credit, but it would also be open to students who are only considering university as an exploratory option (not yet registering for credit). A main goal would be to help students think about how to integrate the cultural knowledge they gained at thei `

• Undergraduate Level: An Indigenous-focused study abroad program for undergraduate students that could begin in Musqueum territory at UBC and could continue to UVIC on Vancouver Island, to Dechinta on Yellowknives Dene territory, and/or to the Yukon. This could be integrated with Nā Koʻokoʻo as a follow-up “Nā Koʻokoʻo Abroad” kind of program, in the year following their Hawaiʻi-based programming, and it could be open to other students as well.

• Graduate Level: A graduate certificate in Indigenous sustainability, or a land-centered track in the PoliSci MA, which would be based upon intensive, land-led seminars like those held at Dechinta. These seminars could be hosted at/with Hawai‘i-based partners, such as HuiMAU on Hawai‘i island, Keawanui fishpond on Moloka‘i, and Hālau Kū Māna on Oʻahu. They could also include a 6-week “semester” abroad or a shorter 3-week exchange on location with Canadian partners such as Dechinta and UBC. A year of coursework would be followed by a community internship project and public presentation of the project.


Congratulations William Kramer

A PhD grad from our Department, in Alternative Futures, for being the world's (universe's?) first professional Extraterrestrial Environmental Analyst.

He wrote me:

I accepted the job with HDR, Inc. this morning. My job title is Extraterrestrial Environmental Analyst.

Duties include:

1. Research the need for establishing environmental standards for actions that may affect environments of the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and other solar system bodies. Actions would include mining, construction, human habitation and infrastructure, scientific uses, energy development, and others.

2. Advise on administrative procedures for assessing such impacts (i.e., an environmental impact assessment process).

3. Work with NASA, foreign space agencies, private industries, space researchers and others to develop best management practices, industrial codes of conduct, and similar mechanisms to assist in decreasing adverse impacts and preserving future options.

4. Pursue grants, contracts, and other sources of funding to enhance the program. HDR, Inc. is a 10,000+ employee architectural, engineering, mining, resource management, energy and environmental compliance firm founded in 1917. They maintain 200 offices worldwide and have projects in 60 countries. They are considering the potential of extraterrestrial environmental assessment as an emerging business opportunity.

Jim Dator

2017 Aloha Reception






2017 Book Launch






Congratulations to Sarah Wiebe

Aloha kakou, I am very pleased to share some good news about our newest faculty member with you all. Sarah's first book, Everyday Exposure, just won the Charles Taylor book award from the APSA! The Charles Taylor Award is for the best book in political science that employs or develops interpretive methodologies and methods. The award will be formally announced during APSA in San Francisco this September. We look forward to welcoming Sarah next month and celebrating this accomplishment! Ke aloha, Noe




Congratulations Dr.Chang









Congratulations to Won Geun Choi

Please join me in congratulating Won Geun Choi on the publication of his article, "China and its Janus-faced Refugee Policy." The article is in the most recent issue of the Asia Pacific Migration Journal and can be found at the link below.

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

This research aims to identify the motivations behind China’s refugee policy through a comparative historical analysis of the mass influx of refugees from two neighboring states: Vietnam, starting in the late 1970s, and North Korea starting in the 1990s. The study argues that similar motivations, grounded in China’s concerns regarding sovereignty, national security and the regional balance of power, generated contrasting responses to the two groups of refugees. This research briefly reviews the causes, development and nature of the two refugee crises, and then analyzes China’s Janus-faced refugee policy with its two different responses. Last, this research indicates China’s recent positive engagements with refugee issues and emphasizes the significance of China’s role in regional refugee protection. Congratulations Won Geun!

Congratulations Dr.Yongshin








Congratulations Dr.Reynolds


May 8, 2017

Stuart Candy (Phd 2010) has accepted a tenure track Associate Professor position in the School of Design of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also had an offer from Arizona State and was short listed at Parson School of Design in NYC. Email:

Oliver Minseem Lee

Published On May 16th, 2017 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries

" I was born in China, immigrated to the United States in 1964 at age 20, and became an American citizen in 1959. Like untold millions of immigrants to the U.S. before me, I thereby acquired all the rights as well as obligations of U.S. citizenship. Yet all of us immigrants from many parts of the world, for a considerable period after acquiring citizenship, retained cultural traits from our countries of origin. To that extent and for that duration we were different from all those who had either been born in America or had lived here long enough as immigrants to have become almost fully acculturated. We were, in legal terms, fully American, but in social and psychological terms we were Americans with a difference. Before coming to America, I had lived for a year in Iran, where my father was a diplomat. There I attended an American missionary school in the 10th grade. As the school had no grades above that, almost all my classmates, none of whom were Americans, came to America to finish high school and go to college...

In my case, apart from the unavoidable fact of partial estrangement that came with the experience as immigrant, it happened that my father, who came to America five years after me, had retired from the Chinese Nationalist diplomatic service, was politically conservative, a life-long anti-Communist, a supporter in the 1950s of the demagogic Joseph McCarthy as well as a fervent admirer of America's material abundance and technological achievements. He possibly could have pushed me toward full-fledged acceptance of the prevailing American values, except for the fact that during my teens in Africa, and later in America, he and I were almost always physically separated by thousands of miles of land and sea. I was thus shielded form my father's values and beliefs and remained, in my partial alienation from conventional America, open to other political and cultural influences. In my formal education after high school, my professors at Harvard in the late 1940s and at the University of Chicago in the mid-1950s did what they could to inculcate conservative values in us students...In 1950, at age 24, I became acquainted with the several bright leftist students at Boston University, admired them, and had my eyes opened to some of the defects in American society, such as racism, jingoism, militarism, and excessive individualism. The next year I studied under Lattimore at Johns Hopkins University and under several young professors associated with him. Besides Lattimore's influence, it was mainly through my own readings in graduate school as research for my Ph.D. dissertation that I acquired knowledge and insights regarding American history and institutions that differed radically from what most of my teachers and professors had promulgated. While finishing my dissertation for the University of Chicago, I was teaching at the University of Maryland from 1958 to 1962, where I befriended a group of graduate students and joined them in periodic discussions of American foreign policy...For me, it was the experience as a Chinese immigrant plus the particularties of my family background that explain much of my radicalization, my opposition in the Vietnam War, and determination to resist oppression by the power structure in Hawaii. It is these three elements that gave meaning to the first half of my life alongside the joys and tribulations of being a husband and a father." Page ix-xiii(Foreward) of Oliver's Travels By Oliver Lee.

Glenn Durland Paige Professor Emeritus

Published On February 5th, 2017 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries

87, died peacefully at home in Honolulu on January 22, 2017. Glenn's wife of over forty years, Glenda, was at his bedside. Born on June 28, 1929 in Brockton, MA, he grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire and Provincetown, MA. He served in the U.S. Army (1948-52) and earned the rank of Captain during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1947), Princeton (A.B., politics, 1955), Harvard (A.M., East Asian regional studies, 1957) and Northwestern (Ph.D., political science, 1959). After teaching at Seoul National University (1959-61), and Princeton (1961-67), he taught at the University of Hawai'i (1967-92). Gov. Burns appointed him Program Chair for the Hawaii 2000 futures conference in 1970. His journey took him from combat veteran and Cold War strategist to visionary founder and leader of the Center for Global Nonkilling, founded in 1994 ( He was a renowned scholar of nonviolence, political leadership, and international relations, authoring several seminal books, including The Korean Decision (1968) based on personal interviews with President Truman; Glenn later publicly disavowed this book as counter to a nonkilling political science. Among his many honors were the Princeton Class of '55 Award (1987), Jai Tulsi Anuvrat Award (India, 1995), Distinguished Career Award, American Political Science Assn. (2004), Lifetime Peacemaker Award, Church of the Crossroads (2005), Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Distinguished Peace Leadership Award (2010), and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award (India, 2012). He also received two Honorary Doctorates, from Soka University (1992) and Jagran Lakecity University (2016). Glenn will be remembered for his unique vision of promoting change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world in reverence to life, presented in his path-breaking book Nonkilling Global Political Science (published in over 30 languages). The book has inspired affiliates throughout the world, including a Glenn Paige Nonkilling School in the DR Congo. Glenn leaves six children from his first marriage, Gail, Jan, Donn, Sean, Sharon, and Van Paige; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and a brother, Kent Paige, of Massachusetts. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 11, 2017, at MuRyangSa Korean Buddhist Temple. Visitation 10-11; service at 11 am. Aloha Attire. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Glenn and perpetuate his life work may be made to the nonprofit Center for Global Nonkilling, 3653 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, 96822.

January 5, 2017

Dear Department,

Please join me in congratulating Kate Zhou. Her book Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia has been selected for production in paperback as part of Routledge's paperback-on-demand arrangement.


This is one of the best IR journals, and our colleague Jaris Grove is one of the contributors to the issue:

Anniversary Issue 10.4: Celebrating 10 Years of International Political Sociology

The IPS Editorial team is happy to announce the publication of IPS Anniversary Issue: "Celebrating 10 Years of International Political Sociology"

10 Years of IPS: Fracturing IR
Jef Huysmans & Joao Pontes Nogueira

Flick of the Skirt: A Feminist Challenge to IR’s Coherent Narrative
Cynthia Enloe

An Insurgency of Things: Foray into the World of Improvised Explosive Devices
Jairus Grove

Blasts from the Past: War and Fracture in the International System
Jens Bartelson

Contesting the Colonial Logics of the International: Towards a Relational Politics for the Pluriverse
Cristina Rojas

Narrating Entanglements: Rethinking the Local/Global Divide in Ethnographic Migration Research
Heather Johnson

Sociology of Transnational Guilds
Didier Bigo

Waiting for International Political Sociology: A Field Guide to Living In-Between
Debbie Lisle

Glenn D.Paige:

 pioneer of nonkilling studies and peace researcher (1929-2017)

At the 16th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference held in Brisbane, Australia in 1996 under the guidance of Ralph Summy with the theme” Creating Nonviolent Future”,  Glenn D.Paige began his keynote address titled: “To Leap Beyond Yet Nearer Bring: from war to peace to nonviolence to nonkilling” by recounting another IPRA meeting held in Yokohama, in 1980.

At that meeting, a question was raised as to whether it would be possible for IPRA to take up the subject of “nonviolence”. A distinguished European researcher responded in the negative saying that nonviolence “would discredit peace research”. Six years later in 1986 at the IPRA conference held in Sussex, Theodore Herman convened what I believe to be the first IPRA nonviolence commission. Later in 1988 at the IPRA meeting held in Rio de Janeiro,  Herman asked Paige to help convene the next nonviolence commission. Paige became the convenor of the nonviolence commission in the 1990 IPRA conference held in Groningen, Netherlands. [Papers from this conference were published in Gandhi Marg Vol.14 No.1 (April-June 1992)]

I attended the first IPRA conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. Glenn Paige was my teacher and mentor. He taught the course “Nonviolent Political Alternatives” at the Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’I in the late 1970s. I learned from him how nonviolent actions could indeed be alternatives to violence; and that “nonviolence knowledge” is well grounded, empirically and otherwise. I did my University of Hawai’I doctoral thesis titled “The Nonviolent Prince” with him as my advisor, kind and critical, creative and traditional at the same time.

 It was Glenn who initiated me into the world of IPRA as a peace researcher. He has done so much for peace research community especially by strengthening the nonviolence commission through his global contacts at a time when it badly needed such effort. Among other things, his legacy to the peace research community will be his life works- his courage to critique his own celebrated book; and to venture into uncharted knowledge territory.

In 1977, Paige wrote a nonviolent critique of his own work: The Korean Decision (1968). Such critique by the author of his own book published in American Political Science Review (1977) was unprecedented since the journal began in 1906. He wrote his seminal work -Nonkilling Global Political Science, first published in 2002 to the neglect of people in the discipline of political science, but has since been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide.  He founded the Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK) in 2007.   

On Sunday January 22, 2017 at around noon, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu, under the loving care of his wife Glenda Paige, after struggling with illnesses at the age of 88. His is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge. Seen through Walt Whitman’s poem- “Leaves of Grass”, nonkilling knowledge – Glenn Paige’s song- is

“Not words of routine this song of mine

But abruptly to question, to leap beyond yet nearer bring.”

Chaiwat Satha-Anand

Bangkok, January 23, 2017

January 5, 2017

Dear All:

I thought you might want to read an essay by one of our new graduate students, Jake Sotiriadis, appearing in “Atlantic Expedition,” the newsletter of the German fellowship and exchange program whose mission is to "foster transatlantic solidarity and encourage constructive foreign policy debate."
The article is linked below.

Congrats, Jake!

Article Here


Published On December 7th, 2016 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries

92, of Honolulu, passed away in Honolulu on Oct. 25, 2016. He was born Sept. 14, 1962 in Waikiki. A graduate of McKinley High School, he received a BA from the University of Hawai'i in 1948, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1956. He returned to the University of Hawai'i as a professor of political science, and also served as the Vice President for Community Colleges, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Acting Chancellor of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Kosaki is survived by son Randall, and grandchildren Christian Lee, Erica Lee, and Reece Kosaki. Services Dec. 10, 2016 at Diamond Head Mortuary (18th Ave.); visitation 10:00, service 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Hawai'i Foundation.

October, 2016 Pacific Asia Forum, CSIS

Oct 15, 2016 Mini-Conference: Bringing Political Scientists Together

Thanks to a generous grant from the SEED program, Political Science instructors from all the campuses in the UH system were invited to UHM for a day of discussion. Graduate students and faculty discussed challenges and rewards of teaching on different campuses, needs of students at 2 year and 4 year institutions, and shared research interests.

Dr. Konrad Ng, current director of the Doris Duke museum Shangi-La, spoke about his work bringing political theory to museum curation.

Participants agreed that the gathering was worthwhile and that we should get together every year!


"I got new ideas for how to improve teaching"

Student Spotlight: Shehzi Khan

Shehzi Khan

Shehzi Khan has traveled to several countries, speaks five foreign languages, has worked with high-ranking officials both in the U.S. Department of State and around the world and has even briefed President Obama on her portfolio.

Read more here

August 2016

Congratulations to Hoku Aikau, Noenoe Silva, and Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua on their forthcoming chapter, "The Practice of Kuleana: Reflections on Critical Indigenous Studies Through Trans-Indigenous Exchange," in a new volume on Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations, edited by Aileen Moreton-Robinson.

Congratulations to No'eau Peralto upon receipt of a Mellon-Hawai'i predoctoral fellowship.

Read more at Kohala Center

July 2016

Congratulations to Mike Shapiro on the publication of his new book, Politics and Time: Documenting the Event (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016).

Student Spotlight: Stuart Candy

Brianne GallagherStuart Candy '10 was recently featured in Forbes following his presentation at Amplify Festival 2015, a biennial gathering of 30 of today's most innovative thinkers. He presented a brainstorming game called The Thing From the Future — a game that helps us to frame and build scenarios from the future.

Stuart earned his PhD from our department for his work on experiential scenarios at our Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. He is currently the Director of the Situation Lab, an Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University, and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation.

Read more at Forbes.
July 10, 2015

Student Spotlight: Liza Song Lockard

Brianne GallagherLiza Lockard '13 has already published her dissertation. It is titled Human Migration into Space: Alternative Technological Approaches for Long-Term Adaptation to Extraterrestrial Environments. Springer Theses Series, 2014, Electronic or Hardcover format.

Liza is Assistant Professor of Environmental+Interior Design at Chaminade University.

She also anticipates receiving a post doc grant from NASA for Space Biomedical Research, for which Kim Binsted (a member of her dissertation committee) has offered to be mentor. Liza says "My proposal focuses on how to mitigate isolation and confinement through environmental factors — in particular, the development and use of various multi-sensory virtual interfaces to be integrated into the habitat simulation on the Big Island" which is ongoing now, as some of you may know. Congratulations Liza!

Read more at Chaminade University.
March 27, 2014

Student Spotlight: Brianne Gallagher

Brianne GallagherBrianne Gallagher was selected for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID). As a Postdoctoral Fellow at GRID, Brianne will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Susan Brison, co–teach GRID's annual seminar, teach WGST 96: Advanced Research in Women's and Gender Studies, and turn her dissertation into a book manuscript for publication. Congratulations Brianne!

Read more at Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth.
February 27, 2014


01/27/14 - Professor Manfred Henningsen celebrates becoming a United States citizen with Governor Neil Abercrombie!

Memory of WWII in Japan and Germany with Professor Henningsen

Interview with Associate Professor Hong Jiang (Geography, UH Mānoa) and Professor Manfred Henningsen on ThinkTech Hawai‘i's program "Asia in Review"

01/03/2014 - Updated dissertation defense protocols for all Political Science PhD students:

Click here to read the new policy regarding dissertation defenses.

12/13/13 - End of the Semester Potluck!

All images courtesy of PhD student Julia Guimaraes -

11/08/13 - Assistant Professor Colin Moore talks to Hawaii News Now about same-sex marriage debate.

10/02/13: Assistant Professor Colin Moore interviewed by ABC Radio Australia about the U.S. government shutdown.

Faculty Spotlight: Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua

Professor Goodyear-Kaopua receiving awardCongratulations to Associate Professor Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, who received the UH Mānoa Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching on April 30, 2013. Photo: Regent Jeffrey Acido, Professor Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, and Chancellor Tom Apple.
Read more at the UH Mānoa Awards page.


Student Spotlight: Seong Won Park

Professor Moore's KHON2 interviewCongratulations to Dr. Seong Won Park for being accepted as a full-time research fellow at the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) in Korea. STEPI handles national policy on science and technology in Korea.



Presidential debate: Hawaii voters weigh in

Professor Moore's KHON2 interviewProfessor Colin Moore was recently interviewed by KHON2 regarding the first 2012 Presidential Debate between presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Visit KHON2 to read more and watch Professor Moore's interview.



February 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Hokulani Aikau on her new book!


12/09/11 - Nevi and Clare's Aloha Party!










Globalizations; Special Forum on the Arab Revolutions

Check out this special issue co-edited by Professor Nevzat Soguk and Anna M. Agathangelou.


"Rocking the Kasbah: Insurrectional Politics, the "Arab Streets", and Global Revolution in the 21st Century" by Agathangelou, Anna M. and Soguk, Nevzat

"Uprisings in 'Arab Streets', Revolutions in 'Arabs Minds'!" A Provocation by Soguk, Nevzat

"Tehran's Delayed Spring?" by Farhi, Farideh

"Libya's 'Black' Market Diplomacies: Opacity and Entanglements in the Face of Hope and Horror" by Opondo, Sam Okoth

Gills, Barry Ed. Globalizations; Special Forum on the Arab Revolutions. Globalizations,V8:5, Routledge, October 2011



Professor Manfred Steger (UHM Political Science) will deliver the keynote address for the APEC Voices of the Futures Conference at Bishop Museum on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm. Entitled "Globalization and the Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century," Steger's talk will be addressed to 120 youth leader delegates from all 21 APEC member nations.



Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua officially signed her book contract with the University of Minnesota Press. Her book is entitled: Sovereign pedagogies: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian charter school.

Katharina Heyer has been elected as the LSA Trustee Class of 2014 for a three year term.



Manfred B. Steger Awarded Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant (2012-14) - Professors Manfred B Steger (U.H Manoa-Political Science) and Paul James (RMIT University, Australia) have been awarded $120,000.00 for their research project entitled “Globalization and the Formation of Meaning: The Career of a Key Concept.” As chief investigators they seek to discover how “globalization” has become the most powerful buzzword of our time. The project will examine texts, contexts and interview the most prominent globalization experts in the English-speaking world to develop the first comparative history of the concept. 



Heather Frey and Rex Troumbley just received word from Jonathan Peck, President of the Institute for Alternative Futures in Alexandria, Virginia, that their scenario on “Poverty 2039” won the $1000.00 third prize in an international contest run by the Institute.
The announcement said, “Our panel praised the great creativity of your images, writing and policy recommendations. By involving students from different cultures you managed to bring multiple perspectives together for the alternative images of poverty in 2039. You effectively dealt with big global issues in a provocative and readable treatment.”
Congratulations to you both


Summer Improvements: Friedman Room Makeover

New carpet, chairs, table and technology -check out the transformation!




















UHM Indigenous Politics Program Receives OHA Funds for International Academic and Cultural Exchange For Six Native Hawaiians

The Indigenous Politics Program in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa has received a $25,000 grant to provide tuition and stipends for six Native Hawaiians to participate in Land, Water, and Governance: Reclaiming 'Ćelánen'(Ancestry/Birthright), a two-week exchange with indigenous scholars and practitioners in Victoria, British Columbia. The exchange is a collaboration between the Indigenous Politics Program at UHM and the School of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria.

Land, Water, and Governance: Reclaiming 'Ćelánen' offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural study of indigenous practices in the seminar room as well as in the community. It is a part of a broader course of study that prepares Master’s and PhD students at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa to think critically about issues facing the Native Hawaiian and other indigenous communities. The mission of the program is to nurture individuals to engage in a critical praxis of indigenous politics and to strengthen the relationships between the university and indigenous communities. In keeping with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ `Āina strategic priority, this summer exchange trains Native Hawaiian scholars to participate in responsible stewardship of Ka Pae ʻĀina in order to maintain the connection to the past and move forward with a viable land and water base.

More information about the exchange can be found on the Indigenous Politics website at


01/07/11 - Retirement party for John Wilson, George Kent and Neal Milner.

retirement party