Michael J. Bitter, Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of History
Tel: (808) 932-7095
Fax: (808) 932-7096
Office: University Classroom Building, room 304
Mail: 200 W Kāwili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Chair, Social Sciences Division; Professor, History
My primary interests include research and teaching in the history of health, disease, and medicine, especially as it pertains to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, but also within a global context.
I teach courses in world, Hawaiian, and Pacific history, as well as select courses in public history.
Chair, Division of Humanities; Associate Professor, Filipino Studies; Coordinator, Filipino Studies Program
Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7209, Email
I hold the degree of PhD in Theoretical Linguistics. My research includes formal linguistics, migration, Southeast Asian Studies, and heritage education. I have spent more than a decade of studies focusing on Malay culture, language, and linguistics.
I am particularly interested in researching on the Filipino-Americans in Hawaiʻi and the Sama-Bajaus (Sea Gypsies) of Sulu-Sulawesi Seas. I have done research presentations at major international conferences in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, among others. I have published various research articles in peer-reviewed journals and with Routledge.