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Su-Mi Lee

(808) 932-7127


(808) 932-7098

University Classroom Building, room 355

Dr. Su-Mi Lee (Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2013) is Associate Professor of International Relations. Her research interests center around international conflict management, including mediation and negotiation, and space politics. Her upcoming co-edited volume, Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea: Cohesion and Disarray, examines how the dynamics among the six negotiating parties shaped the outcome of North Korea nuclear negotiations.

Professor Lee has held a variety of international fellowships including the Field Research Fellowship of the Korea Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Program in Chile, and the Emergent Scholar Seminar of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership in Thailand. She is an Editorial Review Board member at Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

Enbao Wang

(808) 932-7128


(808) 932-7098

University Classroom Building, room 356

Professor Enbao Wang earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alabama in 1993. He has served as the Comparative Politics specialist in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo since 1997. The courses Dr. Wang offer include Politics of China, Politics of Japan, Politics of the Pacific Rim, U.S.-China Relations, and International Political Economy.

Dr. Wang has published two single-authored books: Hong Kong, 1997: Politics of Transition (1995) and The Origin, Process, and Outcome of China’s Reforms in the Past Hundred Years: The Chinese Quest for National Rejuvenation (2009). He has also authored over ten articles as book chapters or in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Wang's CV can be found here

Sarah Marusek

Professor Sarah Marusek (Ph.D, UMass Amherst, Political Science 2008) researches 'everyday jurisprudence', or the ways that law works in everyday life. She has published widely in the areas of law and society, legal semiotics, and legal geography. Her most recent book, Law, Space, and the Vehicular Environment: Pavement and Asphalt (Routledge 2023), examines the road as the foundation for automobility, vehicular governance, and legal culture in motion.

Dr. Marusek teaches the public law and political theory courses for the POLS Department. She serves as the Coordinator for the Pre-Law Certificate. She is the 2011 recipient of the University of Hawaiʻi Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. During Spring 2023, Dr. Marusek is on sabbatical leave.

Evans Smith

Evans Smith is an attorney who has been licensed and practicing law in the State of Hawai‘i since 2007. He graduated from the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law with a Juris Doctor. He attended undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. He has represented clients throughout Hawai‘i as a private attorney and on Big Island as a deputy public defender. He has represented the people of the community as a deputy prosecuting attorney on both Maui and Hawaii Island. He has taught courses at Hawai‘i Community College and University of Hawai‘i Hilo.