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Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi

E komo mai. The Department of Political Science at UH Mānoa focuses on the study of political power. A genuinely international department, our students and faculty are diverse, and embody UH’s mission to be a “globally-connected Hawaiian place of learning.” We stand out in the fields of alternative futures, comparative politics, Indigenous politics, international relations, law and policy, and political theory.

We offer small student-centered classes and help students become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and effective communicators. Students learn to identify ways that political power shapes and is shaped by individuals, communities, social movements, corporations, nations, and other forces. Our curriculum promotes the acquisition of knowledge and skills demanded by professional employers. Our graduates enter a range of exciting careers, including but not limited to journalism, government, law, education/academia, and research.

Department of Political Science Faculty

Congratulations to Kaleo L. Plascensia Garcia, our second awardee for this year's Outstanding Transfer Award!

Our department annually recognizes outstanding students who transferred from UH system campuses and who are earning their BA in Political Science.

Congratulations to Samantha Magbulos, one of this year's Department of Political Science Outstanding Transfer Award winners! 🎉

Our department annually recognizes outstanding students who transferred from UH system campuses and who are earning their BA in Political Science.

Watch the recording of our celebration of Prof. Mike Shapiro's retirement while we talk about his greatness as an academic, a mentor, and a friend for 55 years and counting on our YT Channel!


Join us on Zoom this May 7, 2021 at 2:30PM HST for this semester's culminating experience with two of our MA students!

Zoom link: https://t.co/E3GoD6EwmY

See you there!

Nā Koʻokoʻo 2021 will debate these resolutions...

May 6
Should prisons in Hawaiʻi be abolished?
Can kapu aloha be violent?

May 11
Is tourism incompatible with the ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures declaration?
Should the State of Hawaiʻi stop funding promotions of tourism? https://t.co/MCNMw2Eq3C

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua @NoeGK

#kanakatwitter What are the top issues you would like to see debated among our youth? Asking for a classroom assignment in #NāKoʻokoʻo2021, training Kānaka, Pasifika and allied students for debate.

If people want to come listen to me talk about book related stuff I will be speaking at Durham. So UK time, or late morning East Coast or really early Hawaii. It is open to the public @uhmpolisci @DukePress https://t.co/xMn2Pm8yeX

Michelle, a UH Mānoa POLS and ECON alumna, had both a congressional and judicial internship through Mānoa Political Internships, and is pursuing law school. Current students: apply by 5/16 for Summer 2021 internships!
#UHManoa #FacesofManoa #ExploreUHM

Kauwila Mahi leads an exploration of moʻolelo Hawaiʻi in video games, intersecting genealogies, and how game design can be a practice of hoʻopaʻa moʻolelo (fastening our stories) to activate solidarity in social justice movements. He is an @uhmpolisci PhD student! #kanakatwitter

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