History Faculty and Staff

Michael J. Bitter

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of History

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7095, Email

My research focuses on Anglo-Russian relations and interactions during the 1730s, an important period of consolidation of the westernizing reforms of Peter the Great in Russia.

I teach courses in world and European history, with specialty courses in Russian and German history, the history of the Eighteenth Century in Europe, and European Imperialism.

Kerri A. Inglis

Professor, History; Interim Chair, Political Science/Admin of Justice Dept

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7122, Email, Website

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.

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.

Yucheng Qin

Associate Professor, History

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7125, Email

My past research focused on Chinese transnationalism, and Sino-American relations and history. My current research explores the relationship between Chinese traditional native-place sentiment and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

I regularly teach classes in world, Chinese, and Japanese history, as well as the United States in East Asia.

Michael Skinner

Instructor, History

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7123, Email


PhD in Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Washingto

Courses Taught:

World history, historical methods, South Asian history, religion, and culture.

Research Focus:

Early historic South Asian empires, interregional exchange networks in the ancient world, Buddhist studies, and South Asian epigraphy.

Jeffrey A. Smith

Chair and Associate Professor, History

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7121, Email

My research focuses on 19th & 20th Century American, US military and medical history.

I teach courses in world and US history, with specialty courses in public history and Senior Thesis.

Sandra Wagner-Wright

Sandra Wagner-Wright

Professor Emerita

Writer, Historian, Traveler.