Anthropology Faculty and Staff
Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology
Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Hawaiian Culture, Internship
Research: The politics of Hawaiian archaeology and the relationships between archaeologists working in Hawaiʻi and the descendants of the people whose history archaeologists study.
Professor, Anthropology; Director Heritage Management MA Program
Courses: Archaeology, Archaeometry, Internship
Research: Non-destructive sourcing of Polynesian stone tools.
Courses: Human Evolution, Medical Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Culture, Sex, and Gender, Applied Anthropology, Primatology
Research: Biomedical and physical anthropology, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, and exploring human-animal interaction.
Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Ethnographic Field Techniques, Linguistics, Japanese Studies
Research: Reinterpretation of Hawaiian petroglyphs, and ethnohistoric and language learning in Vietnam.
Associate Professor, Anthropology; Coordinator, Pacific Island Studies Certificate, PISC
Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Cultures of Oceania, Change in The Pacific
Research: Understanding and helping to ease tensions that have arisen between recent Micronesian migrants and other communities in Hawaiʻi. Cultural revival of voyaging and navigation in the Marshall Islands.
Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Study Of Women, Culture through Film, Museology
Research: The relationship of ethnic identity to a sense of place, and its correlation with disease incidence.
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7261, Email
Courses: Human Evolution, Human Biological Variation, Global Health in Evolutionary Perspective
Research: How humans adapt to stress, both physical and psychosocial; disparities in health, especially ethnic disparities in type 2 diabetes and hypertension risk in Hawaiʻi.
Tim Scheffler is interested in the excavation of caves, rock shelters and pyroducts, particularly in volcanic settings. He teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Anthropology, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods and Human Paleoecology.
Dr. Momi Naughton is the coordinator of the Heritage Center at UH Hilo’s North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center in Honokaʻa where she offers applied learning classes in museum studies. Dr. Naughton was born and raised in Honolulu and received her B.A. from UH Mānoa. She has an M.A. in Anthropology from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Visual Communications from Simon Fraser University in Canada, with an emphasis on cultural representation in museums and heritage sites. She was a curator of several exhibits in the Ethnology Department at Bishop Museum in Honolulu.
Suzanne Romaine has been Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford since 1984. Her research interests lie primarily in historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Europe, first on the language of working class school-children in Scotland and subsequently on patterns of bilingualism and language loss among Panjabi speakers in England; as well as in the Pacific Islands region, first in Papua New Guinea on the language of rural and urban schoolchildren, and most recently in Hawaiʻi.