American Studies Forum


Craig Howes has been the Director of the Center for Biographical Research since 1997, the Editor and Co-Editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly since 1994, and a Professor of English at UH-Mānoa since 1980. His book Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to Their Fight was a Choice Notable Book for 1995, and his collection Teaching Life Writing Texts, co-edited with Miriam Fuchs, was published in the Options in Teaching Series by the Modern Language Association in 2008. From 2005 to 2009, he served on the Executive Committee for the Division of Biography, Autobiography, and Life Writing of the Modern Language Association. A co-producer of the television documentary series Biography Hawai‘i, his collection The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future (2010), co-edited with Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, is in its fourth printing.

Laura Lyons is Interim Dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature and Professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  She teaches classes in culture studies, post-colonial literatures, and globalization that attempt both to ground literary and other forms of cultural production--film, video, music, murals, ephemeral materials--in their specific locations and to compare such work across a number of geo-political sites.  With Cynthia Franklin, she has co-edited the special issues of BIOGRAPHY entitled “Personal Effects: The Testimonial Uses of Life Writing”, and with Purnima Bose she has edited the volume CULTURAL CRITIQUE AND THE GLOBAL CORPORATION (Indiana UP, 2010) and a special issue of Biography on "Corporate Personhood and Life Writing." Dr. Lyons received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.   

Colin Moore is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Prior to joining the political science faculty at UH-Mānoa, he was a research fellow at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.  His work has appeared in several journals and edited volumes, including Perspectives on Politics and the American Political Science Review.  He serves as the political analyst for Hawaii News Now (KGMB/KHNL), and is a frequent guest on PBS Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Deane Neubauer is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at UH Mānoa, and Co-Director of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP). He came to UH in 1970 and over the years served as Department Chair (1975-78), Dean of Social Science (1981-1988), Interim Chancellor of Manoa 2001-2, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the UH System (2002-2004), retiring in 2004. He served as the Founder and Director of the Globalization Research Center (1999-2004), and was founding Executive Director of the Globalization Research Network (2001-2005). His interests lie in globalization and policy studies, with particular concentrations on health, communications, food policy, and education in which fields he has published greatly.

Gary Pak is a professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he teaches creative writing and Ethnic American literature.  He is a third-generation Korean American whose grandparents, fleeing an occupied Korea, arrived in Hawaii in 1905.  Pak has published five works of fiction, including the novels A Ricepaper Airplane and Children of a Fireland.  His most recent publication is Brothers Under a Same Sky, a novel about the Korean War, from the University of Hawaii Press.

Susan M. Schultz is editor and publisher of Tinfish Press, which she founded in 1995. She is author of nine full-length volumes of poetry and poetic prose focusing on memory and memory loss (dementia), as well as a book of criticism and various edited collections. She has taught at UHM in the English department since 1990. You can find her blog at and her press's catalogue at

Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Political Science at UH-Mānoa, and an affiliated researcher at Globalism Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books on globalization, global history, and the history of political ideas, including the award-winning Globalisms: The Great Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century; the bestselling Globalization: A Very Short Introduction; and Justice Globalism (Sage Publications, 2013).