Michael Shapiro, Faculty, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Michael Shapiro

Professor Emeritus
Office: Saunders 606
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8628
Email: shapiro@hawaii.edu

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UH Award Winner

Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research (2010)
CSS Excellence in Teaching (2005)
CSS Excellence in Research (2005)


I began teaching for the UHM Department of Political Science after receiving my PhD from Northwestern University in 1966. I have also taught at the University of California–Berkeley, 1968– 1970, twice at the University of Massachusetts on exchanges (1979 and 1986), at the University of Bergen in Norway (1972–73), at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (2002), and at Scoula Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy.


  • PhD, Political Science, Northwestern University, 1966
  • MA, Political Science, University of Hawai’i, 1964
  • BA, Economics, Tufts University, 1962

Past Courses

  • POLS 150: Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLS 304: Indigenous Politics
  • POLS 337: American Political Theory
  • POLS 600: Scope and Methods of Political Science


My research and teaching interests are in the areas of political theory and philosophy, critical social theory, global politics, politics of media, politics of aesthetics, politics of culture, and indigenous politics. My early research was in the areas of political psychology and decision–making, applied to American foreign policy decision making and to Norwegian Oil production decision–making. Since the early 1980's my research and writing has been in the areas of political theory and philosophy, critical social theory, cultural studies, politics of media, indigenous politics, and critical international studies.