Pacific Currents, the September 2015 special issue of American Quarterly and coedited by our own Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue​ in 2017
Congratuations to Professors Noel Kent and Davianna McGregor for 40 years of service to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Congratulations to Professor Ulla Hasager (middle) and the SENCER Hawai'i Team for receiving the Inaugural Award for Exemplary Multi-Institutional and Regional Collaborations in the Service of Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.

March 23, 2017

We Gon' Be Alright: Race and the Politics of Identity in the Era of Trump and Resegregation


March 23, 2017

3:00 - 4:30 pm

George Hall 207


Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. His latest publication, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation, was published in September 2016.






March 22, 2017

Organizing with Love in the Age of Anger


March 22, 2017

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Art Building Auditorium


Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, and one of the organizers of the Women's March will be delivering a keynote address on "Organizing with Love in the Age of Anger." She has been selected as this Spring's Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals.




May 4, 2017

Falling Walls Lab


May 4, 2017

Institute for Astronomy

2680 Woodlawn Drive


The UHM Institute for Astronomy will host Hawaii's first Falling Walls Lab. Each participant will be given three minutes to present an original work of research, initiative or business model.




March 18, 2017

Assessment and Transformative Collaboration in Sustainability Education


March 18, 2017

University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


SENCER Hawaiʻi and the SENCER Center for Innovation-West are jointly hosting the 3rd Annual SENCER Hawaiʻi Spring Institute/SCI-West Regional Meeting focusing on innovative teaching and learning through high-impact practices and compelling civic issues, particularly around sustainability.





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January 31, 2017

Pacific Currents, ​coedited by Professor Ty P. Kāwika Tengan, won a Council of Editors of Learned Journals award


The American Quarterly special issue, Pacific Currents, ​coedited by Ethnic Studies professor Ty P. Kāwika Tengan​ with Prof.​ Paul Lyons​ (Department of English) ​won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue​ in 2017. In its citation for the award, the CELJ, notes:


“Pacific Currents” is the theme of AQ, which is now in its 67th volume. The issue compiles a great many directions for studying the multifaceted ways in which the Pacific shapes our understanding of the nation, through poems, artworks, and reflections; in a forum dedicated to the exchanges between native Pacific studies and American studies featuring seven meditations by diverse scholars; in an interview with a medical health community activist; in four essays analyzing “Crises of Signification”; three essays on “Rooted Routedness and Resistance”; four essays on “Prefigurations”; and two essay-reviews, on the arts as well as historical formations. Contributors run the gamut of some 12 different scholarly disciplines, truly a multi- and cross-disciplinary effort to create a landmark issue devoted to giving the field a new coherence and salience."



November 3, 2016

Now Accepting applications for our African American Studies Specialist Position


The Department of Ethnic Studies thanks all those in our ʻohana for their staunch support of the struggle to fill the African American Studies Specialist position seen here. The mobilization was part of an awakening spirit on our campus to involve students, faculty and community members in conversations about what our students need.


We now have the permission to advertise the position. For the job description and details about how to apply, click here. Student, community and faculty advocacy was a big part of convincing the UHM administrators how important this position is to Ethnic Studies, our students and community.


Candidates will be invited to visit our campus to give their job talks in the spring of 2017. Please visit our news and events page in Spring 2017 for details.




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Department Notices

March 21, 2017

Office Closed

The Department of Ethnic Studies will be closed from March 27, 2017 to March 31, 2017. We will re-open on April 3, 2017. In case of emergency, please contact our Department Chair, Monisha Das Gupta, by emailing her at or call the UHM Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department at 911.

Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

November 10, 2016

YOX: Year of the Ox

This presentation will feature the hip hop duo, YOX: Year of the Ox. In 2016, the tag team of Lyricks and JL released “Seven Rings,” garnering millions of views while definitely answering the question “can Asians rap?”



September 15, 2016

Spel Oner

This presentation will feature Spel Oner, a graphic designer and illustrator whose broad range of visual material (from traditional artistic forms to graffiti writing to computer-based media) appears on print and digital display. Spel was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawai‘i at the age of three.



September 8, 2016


This presentation will feature the multi-talented artist Shing02. Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area scene in the early '90s. Over the course of his independent career starting in 1995, he has collaborated with various DJs and musicians, most notably with the late Japanese producer Nujabes.



Island Connections

February 10, 2017

Trump: Politics for a New Century

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English—UH Manoa; Noel Kent, Professor of Ethinc Studies—UH Manoa


The discussion centered on Trump ‘s extremist worldview and the neo-fascist movement he has unleashed at home. Loss of individual liberties domestically and dangerous foreign policy moves appear to define the Trump presidency.

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December 9, 2016

The UH Campus: A Safe Space for All?

Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology—UH Manoa; Jacques Brunvil, Political Science Major, Black Students Association President - UH Manoa; Kawehi Kina, Ethnic Studies Major, Ethnic Studies Student Association - UH Manoa


The panel discussed the importance of the UH campus being a safe space for all individuals on campus. The recent presidential elections underscored racial, political and social divisions in the country, which makes it all the more reason to be civil with one another and protect free speech and combat hate speech in whatever form. The panel also discussed future political activism of the youth in light of the November 8 elections.

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