Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty

Celia T. Bardwell-Jones

Associate Professor, Philosophy; Gender and Women's Studies Program

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7230, Email

Research interests: Feminist Philosophy, American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race and Cultural Diversity

Teaching: Metaphysics, Theories of Knowledge, Philosophy of Nature, Science, Technology and Society, Ethics

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays - 8:50am-9:50am in K229. I am also available for appointment.

Amy C. Gregg

Instructor and Advisor, Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7130, Email

Courses: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies; Gender and Sexuality; Women and Religion; Women in Christianity; Women’s Studies Seminar

Research: Sexuality, intersectionality, religion, and work

Kathryn J. Besio

Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7253, Email

Courses: Geography and Contemporary Society; Cultural Geography; Food and Societies; Gender, Place and Environment.
Research: Tourism geography, qualitative research methods, research ethics, home gardens and local foods.

Marilyn M. Brown

Professor, Sociology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7118, Email

Courses: Criminology; Juvenile Delinquency; Gender, Crime, and Justice; Introduction to Sociology; Sociological Theory; Sociology of Deviance

Research: Criminology; reintegration of former prisoners; gender, race/ethnicity and crime; corrections and families; and inequality and criminal justice policy

Yoshiko Fukushima

Professor, Performance Studies, Languages

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7213, Email, Website

Courses: Feminism in Japan

Affiliation specialty: Performance Studies

Lindy Hern

Associate Professor, Sociology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7119, Email

Courses: Social Research Methods; Family in World Perspective; Politics and Social Movements; Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

Research: Social movements, health care reform, social policy, political gender performance

Marina Karides

Chair & Professor, Sociology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7120, Email

Courses: Island Feminism; Globalization, Fashion, and Gender; Social Stratification; Japan and Global Social Movements; Queer Studies

Research: Island societies and economic development; post-colonialism; race, class, gender, and sexualities; and global justice movements

Sarah Marusek

Professor, Public Law

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7129, Email, Website

Courses: Law and Legality (POLS 220); Legal Geography (POLS/GEOG 325); Law and Identity (POLS/WS 327); Rights (POLS/PHIL 328); Constitutional Law (POLS 321); First Amendment (POLS 428); Law, Property, Environment (CBES 697)
Research: 'Everyday' jurisprudence in the areas of semiotics, spatiality, and constitutive legal theory Advising Pre-Law Certificate (Director); POLS; AJ

Douglas Mikkelson

Professor, History

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7966, Email

My current research has two foci: 1) East-West comparative history of religion, especially Thomas Aquinas and Dōgen; and 2) English History and Shakespeare.

I teach courses in world and European history, predominantly from the ancient world through the early modern period.

Kirsten Mollegaard

Professor & Chair, English

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7226, Email

Area of Specialization/Research:
Folklore, Oral traditions, Literature and Film Studies, Gender and Women Studies

B.A. Cultural Anthropology (UH Hilo),
B.A. English (UH Hilo),
M.A. English (UH Mānoa),
Ph.D. English (UH Mānoa)

Latest Publication: "Narratives of Place in Literature and Film"

Lynn A. Morrison

Professor, Anthropology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7263, Email, Website

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.

Lauri R. Sagle

Instructor, English; Director of Composition

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7225, Email

B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara: English
M.A. Washington State University: American Studies, American Lit emphasis
Ph.D. work (ABD) University of New Mexico, Albuquerque: American Studies

Areas of Specialization/Research:
First-year writing, Human Rights, Popular culture of Hawai‘i

Femme Noire: The Dangerous Woman of Color in Popular Culture,” co-written with Jane Caputi
Reclamation of an Historically Contextualized Identity, Even Though All I Asking for Is My Body
Toxic Betrayal in the Digital Age” (Maria Chavez and environmental activism in New Mexico)
Cancel My Subscription to the House of Detention” (Lenny Foster and Native religious freedom in the New Mexico state prison system)

UH Hilo Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011

Alicia Takaoka


Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7223, Email

Areas of Specialization:
Women in STEM, writing across disciplines, ethics and information literacy, social informatics and human-computer interaction

B.A. Sociology (minor: English), UH Hilo
B.A. Philosophy, UH Hilo
M.A. English (focus: Scientific and Technical Writing), Bowling Green State University.
PhD Communication and Information Science (in progress, expected graduation 05/20), UH Mānoa.

Writing for Science and Technology
Writing for Business
Popular Fiction

Latest Publication: HCII 2019 Conference

Lynne M. Wolforth

Lecturer, Anthropology

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7271, Email, Website

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.