Current Students

The following are select graduate degree candidates.

Ariel Mota Alves, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Ariel Mota Alves

Email: motaal2@hawaii.edu

Program: MA (Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Public Policy, Welfare State, Timor-Leste Politics, Southeast Asia Regionalism, Environmental Justice

Advisor: Petrice Flowers

Kelsea Armstrong, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kelsea Armstrong

Email: kelseaga@hawaii.edu

Program: MA (Law and Policy, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Post-colonial Studies, Law and Policy, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Identity Politics, Gender Studies, Theorizing Social Space, Prison-industrial Complex, Policing and Violence

Advisor: Nicole Grove

Kisha Borja Quichocho Calvo, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo

Email: kishab@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Indigenous Education, Chamoru Education on Guåhan, Indigenous Resurgence and Agency, and Us Militarization in the Mariana Islands and the Greater Oceania

Advisor: Noelani Goodyear-Ka'ōpua

Randizia Crisostomo, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Randizia Crisostomo

Email: rbcrisos@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Indigenous Resurgence, Pasifika Feminisms, Chamoru Agency/Activism in Guåhan, the Marianas and the Diaspora, De-occupation and Mili(Tourism) in Oceania, Inafa'maolek as Praxis.

Advisor: Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Boyd DeLanzo, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Boyd DeLanzo

Email: delanzo@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Complexity Theory, Space Policy, Space Futures, Geotechnics, Competition, China

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Kaʻiminaʻauao Cambern, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kaʻiminaʻauao Cambern

Email: cambernk@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Political Economies of Mana, Black and Indigenous Co-optic Futures, Hōʻailona and Kanaka Maoli Political Action/Activism, Trans-indigenous Resurgence, Hulihia, Pilina, Ea, Moʻokūʻauhau Consciousness

Advisor: Noenoe Silva

Ari Eisenstat, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Ari Eisenstat

Email: ari7@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Law and Policy, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Sustainable Development, Social Innovation, Human Rights, Outer Space, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Exponential Technologies, International Organizations, Civil Society Advocacy, Climate Justice

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Hannah El-Silimy, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Hannah El-Silimy

Email: hannahel@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics, Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Activism and Social Movements, Decolonization, Transnational and Third World Feminisms, Liberatory Education, Global Politics, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Noenoe Silva

Ryan Ferguson, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Ryan Ferguson

Email: ryanferg@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Politics of Technology, Future of Media Systems, Aesthetics

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Heather Frey, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Heather Frey

Email: hfrey@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Intellectual Property, Patents, Futures, Law

Advisor: Debora Halbert

Soksamphoas Im, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Soksamphoas Im

Email: sim7@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Ageing Policy, Human Rights, Demography and Social Change, Biopolitical Governance, State and Development, Civil Society, Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Katharina Heyer

Andriy Levytskyy, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Andriy Levytskyy

Email: alevytsk@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Critical International Relations, Post-Soviet Transformations, Political Sociology, Complex Systems, Ukraine

Advisor: Nevzat Soguk

Cheng-Cheng Li, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Cheng-Cheng Li

Email: ccli@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics, International Relations)

Research Interests: Cultural Diplomacy, Pacific Regionalism, Pacific Islands Forum, Taiwan Foreign Policy, Taiwan and Oceania

Advisor: Sarah Wiebe

Samantha Lopez, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Samantha Lopez

Email: salopez@hawaii.edu

Program: MA (Law and Policy)

Research Interests: US Imperialism, Postcolonial Studies, Philippine Foreign Policy, Land and Self-Determination, Public Policy

Advisor: Sarah Wiebe

Kacie Manabe, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kacie Manabe

Email: kymanabe@hawaii.edu

Program: MA (Comparative Politics, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Identity, Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Asian Americans, Diaspora, Asian Politics, Japanese Studies & Politics, Popular Culture

Advisor: Ehito Kimura

Daniel Kauwila Mahi, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Daniel Kauwila Mahi

Email: dmahi@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Contested Governance, Ceremony, Traditional Games, Alternative Exports, Hawaiian Kingdom Governance, Indigenous Futurisms

Advisor: Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Mathew Markman, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Mathew Markman

Email: markman@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Sanctuary, Fascism, Far-Right Extremism, Counter-Radicalization, Democratic Futures, Alternative Governance Models, Urban Revolution, Quantum Social Science, Middle Eastern Studies

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Billy Meinke Lau, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Billy Meinke-Lau

Email: wmeinke@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures)

Research Interests: Futures, Intellectual Property Rights, Open Educational Resources, Education Policy, Personal Data, Surveillance

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Sukyoung Myung, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Sukyoung Myung

Email: smyung@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics, International Relations)

Research Interests: Political Polarization, Democracy, Political Participation, Online Nationalism, Asian Politics, Korean Politics

Advisor: Ehito Kimura

Saveun Nhim, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Saveun Nhim

Email: snhim@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Public Policy, Education Policy, Southeast Asian Politics, Social Policy, Non-profit Management, Youth Development, Social Protection, Cambodia, Social Justice

Advisor: Petrice Flowers

Ha'ani San Nicolas, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Haʻani San Nicolas

Email: haanisn@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics)

Research Interests: Settler Colonialism in Guåhan, Decolonization and Demilitarization in Oceania, Chamoru Liberation, Pasifika Women/hood, Indigenous Resurgence

Advisor: Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Emily Pesicka, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Emily Pesicka

Email: eab613@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Environmental Law and Politics, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Military Transformation, Military Revolution

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Ken Reyes, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Ken Reyes

Email: ereyes4@hawaii.edu

Program: MA (Comparative Politics, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Biopower/biopolitics, Philippine Politics, Critical Race Theory, Political Theology, Modes of Resistance

Advisor: Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

Youngwoo Rhee, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Youngwoo Rhee

Email: jkriley@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Political Theory)

Research Interests: The Historicity of the Divided Self of Modern Person, the Fragmented Sovereignty and Self of Korean, Conflict In-between Premodernity and Modernity

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Kawika Riley, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kawika Riley

Email: jkriley@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Federal Policymaking, Indigenous Agency, Policy Feedback Theory, Native Hawaiian Wellbeing

Advisor: Colin Moore

Owen Shieh, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Owen Shieh

Email: oshieh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures, International Relations, Political Theory, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Institutions of Weather and Climate Prediction, Public-Private Relations in the Weather Enterprise, Tropical Cyclones and International Relations, Complexity Theory and Actor-Network-Theory

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Shane Strachan, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Shane Strachan

Email: strachan@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (International Relations, Political Theory)

Research Interests: Chinese Politics, Religion and International Relations, Comparative Political Theory, American Foreign Policy

Advisor: Ehito Kimura

Tamara Swift, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Tamara Swift

Email: swiftt@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Alternative Futures)

Research Interests: Alternative Local Political Structures, Local and Sustainable Farming, Hawaiian Ahupua'a Land System, Women in Governance, Surviving Climate Crisis

Advisor: Jairus Grove

Susy Tekunan, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Susy Tekunan

Email: tekunans@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics)

Research Interests: Overseas Chinese Immigration in Southeast Asia, Chinese Diaspora, China Transnational Governance, Colonial Legacy and Racial Politics

Advisor: Petrice Flowers

Mahina Tuteur, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Mahina Tuteur

Email: ntuteur@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Indigenous Law & Social Movements, Natural Resource Management, Land & Water, Critical Race Theory

Advisor: Noenoe Silva

Chantrelle Melenani Waialae, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Chantrelle Melenani Waialae

Email: cwaialae@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Native Hawaiian Law, Family Law, Violence Against Women, Public Policy, Native Hawaiian Rights, Indigenous Politics, Conflict Resolution, Pu'uhonua

Advisor: Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

Amali Wedagedara, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Amali Wedagedara

Email: amali@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics)

Research Interests: Asian Politics, Political Economy, South Asian Politics, Gender, Development Studies, Finance

Advisor: Sankaran Krishna

Kalaniakea Wilson, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Kalaniakea Wilson

Email: knwilson@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Indigenous Politics, International Relations, Law and Policy)

Research Interests: Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Aloha kekahi i kekahi, I ka wa ma mua, I ka wa ma hope, He alii ka aina, He kauwa ke kanaka, Occupation, Colonization, Genocide, Power, Race, Treaties, War Crimes, Propaganda, Lies

Advisor: Noenoe Silva

Changwon Yang, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Changwon Yang

Email: changwon@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics, International Relations)

Research Interests: Southeast Asian Politics, Philippines Politics, ASEAN

Advisor: Ehito Kimura

Irmak Yazici, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Irmak Yazici

Email: irmakyaz@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD (Comparative Politics, International Relations)

Research Interests: Blasphemy, Middle East, Religious Nationalism, Secularism, South Asia.

Advisor: Sankaran Krishna