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Historic Preservation Faculty

The faculty in Historic Preservation, within the Department of American Studies and in closely related schools and departments of the University of Hawai‘i, represent a wide range of backgrounds, training, experience and interests. Nearly all have worked internationally at some point in their careers. All have had some experience with governmental agencies, at the local, state, federal and international levels. Some have had considerable experience in private practice. Nearly all hold doctoral degrees and all are involved in ongoing research, both at an applied level and at a more academic level. Key faculty are centrally involved in state, national and international organizations, helping to keep themselves and students abreast of current issues in the field.

Faculty are divided into three areas: those in the Department of American Studies; those in other departments or schools of the University, with a substantial involvement in historic preservation-related subjects; and those in an adjunct capacity or visiting lecturers providing training or instruction in specific aspects of historic preservation.

Department of American Studies Faculty

William R. Chapman, D.Phil., is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Educated at Columbia (M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1978) and at Oxford University in England (D.Phil. in Anthropology, 1982), he specializes in architectural recording, the management of historic districts, and materials conservation. A former Fulbright scholar and American Candidate at the International Center for Conservation in Rome (ICCROM), he has been a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching in both Thailand (2006) and Cambodia (2002). He has a special interest in international preservation, particularly in the Pacific and Asia and serves on three International Specialized ICOMOS Committees: History and Theory, Historic Towns and Urban Areas and Vernacular Architecture. Since 2000, he has been a member of the UNESCO committee for Heritage Awards in Asia and the Pacific.

The author of numerous scholarly articles, books and book chapters, technical reports, and professional publications, he has just completed a book on ruins in Southeast Asia and is at the end of a manuscript on museums in the 19th century. Many of his reports for the National Park Service and other governmental agencies are also in print. His articles have appeared in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Antiquaries Journal, New Research in Museum Studies, Winterthur Portfolio, Preservation Forum, The Bulletin for the Association for Preservation Technology, CRM (Cultural Resource Management) and Historical Archaeology.

A frequent consultant to state, national and international historic preservation organizations, he received national attention for his reports to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Hurricane Hugo’s damage to historic structures in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. His work with the U.S. National Park Service has also received heritage awards. In 2011, he received the Haines Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation from the Historic Hawaii Foundation. He is also the recipient of an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dr. Chapman is widely recognized as a leading authority in recording historic architecture and in policies and procedures for historic preservation at both the local and national levels. He has been a study tour leader for numerous organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smithsonian Institution. With several years of experience in the Caribbean, he has since been a Visiting Scholar in Thailand, the Philippines and Burma on behalf of the State Department (USIA) and has presented USIA-sponsored lectures in many parts of India and in Mexico. Most recently, he has been involved in both conferences and conservation projects in Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries and the Pacific islands, serving as a consultant to the U.S. National Park Service, UNESCO, and the World Monuments Fund.

Karen K. Kosasa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Director, Museums Studies Graduate Certificate Program (Ph.D., University of Rochester). Dr. Kosasa is involved in interdisciplinary research and influenced by the work of scholars from diverse fields: anthropology, art history, (post)colonial theory, critical pedagogy, cultural geography, cultural studies, literary criticism, media studies, and museum studies. Her dissertation, “Critical Sights/Sites: Art Pedagogy and Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i”, examines the teaching and learning of art within the context of colonialism in the United States and Hawai‘i.

Cooperating Faculty

James Bayman, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
David L. Callies, J.D., L.L.M., Professor of Law
Sara Collins, Ph.D., Affiliate Faculty – Lecturer
Lynn Davis, MLIS, Librarian and Head, Preservation, Collection Services
C. Michael Douglass, Ph.D., Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Paul Lavy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History
Spencer Leineweber, FAIA, B.Arch., Professor of Architecture
Luciano Minerbi, Dott.Arch., M.UP, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Warren Nishimoto, Ph.D., Director, Center for Oral History
Barry Rollett, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
Miriam Stark, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
Russell Uyeuno, Ed.D., Travel Industry Management School