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.


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Congratulations to our PhD Candidate Skayu Louis on your honorable mention for Most Thought-Provoking Article at NAISA 2022!

"Sensory access at sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ: Blockages, fluidities and futures," Published in Journal of Environmental Media 2 no. 1, 2021

Aloha kākou!

We are happy to share our very own Heoli Osorio won the Best First Book Prize at NAISA 🏆

Hoʻomaikaʻi nui iā ʻoe e Heoli!

Don't forget this afternoon! At 2:30PM, Culminating Experience with our graduate students!

See you there.

Join two of our PhD students, Kauwila Mahi and ʻIhilani Lasconia, on their talk tomorrow, Thurs, 4/28 @ 12-2PM HST as they discuss vibrant genealogies of solidarity between Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Desis in America and abroad.


Lianne Charlie @_littlesalmon_ is our newest faculty member @Dechinta_ . She is a recent PhD grad from @uhmpolisci and here is her presentation in the
Ts'eko Nàgeètso speakers series on "The Moose & Northern Tutchone Governance in the Making"

Join us for this semester's Culminating Experience w/ our grad students, taking place via Zoom May 6th 2:30PM - 4:00PM (HST).

This meeting will be an open forum discussion on their work for students, advisors and faculty. We hope to see you there!

Watch the @Dechinta_ launch of @jamaicaosorio incredible "Remembering our Intimacies", @UMinnPress, Jamaica is in conversation with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as part of our Ts'eko Nàgeètso Speakers Series. https://t.co/hYY8sGQ5Df

Before summer's distractions, come join our final Spring CJS online seminar with Prof. Petrice Flowers:
Gender Representation in Japan’s National and International Diplomacy
April 27, 2022, 12:00pm HST
Register@ https://t.co/5CmlEsEcQL

@CALL_UHManoa @spas_uhm @uhmpolisci

Tune in to James Kawika Riley's dissertation defense "Ke Kumu O Kānāwai ʻAwaʻawa: The Origins and Expansion of the Native Hawaiian Congressional Policyscape" on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 9:30am to 11:30am HST via zoom.


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