Professor Okuyama is studying mythology, semiotics, and deaf studies. She also conducts research on deaf adolescents’ texting and has published a series of papers on the topic.
Associate Professor Becker examines the ways communication contributes to the transformation of organizational, cultural, or family systems. She was the first in academia to test Cultural Convergence Theory in Japan.
Professor Simmons is a poet who studies Shakespeare, teaches literature and film. She specializes in modern literature and film with her most recent research being on Shakespearean tragedy in performance.
Associate Professor Feng researches the interplay of Chinese architecture and literature. His research interests include the history of Chinese art and architecture and the transmission of technical knowledge.
Hirokawa’s scholarship has contributed to the development of a theory called the “functional perspective,” identified as one of the three most influential theories of small group communication.
The unifying theme of Professor Møllegaard’s research is the triangulation of people, places, and stories. She explores folkloric and literary aspects of people’s physical environment.
Professor Fukushima investigates Japanese drama and Asian performance. Her research focuses on the use of comedies and the role of the comedians in wartime Japan, with attention to the Japanese military’s use of theatre as a tool of collaboration in wartime China.
Professor Panek has contributed significantly to the local canon with two peer-reviewed and award-winning works published by University of Hawai‘i Press.
Professor Johnson is a performing artist who works with oral history, local drama and literature. Her most significant creative work is adaptations and performances of strong female historical figures of the Hawaiian islands.
Professor Emeritus Amundson’s research into the way historians and philosophers view and respond to the history of evolutionary biology is internationally renown—his groundbreaking work is in the study of Evo-Devo.