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Karen KosasaKaren K. Kosasa, Ph.D., Director of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program and Associate Professor of American Studies (M.A., Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester; M.F.A., University of Hawai‘i) is an educator, cultural critic, and practicing artist. Her teaching and research interests are in visual and material culture with a special focus on issues of representation and critical pedagogy in museums and fine arts institutions. Ms. Kosasa is especially interested in the relationship between museums and minority communities, and recent efforts by museums (in America and abroad) to broaden their educational roles and expand their engagement with non-traditional visitors. Most of her writings examine the relationship between Native and non-Native peoples in settler societies. Her work has been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, History of Photography, Art Journal, Art Asia Pacific, and Amerasia, and she is currently working on a manuscript on museums within the context of settler colonialism.

William ChapmanWilliam R. Chapman, D. Phil., Professor and Director of the Historic Preservation Program (D. Phil, Oxford; M.S., Historic Preservation, (Columbia), is an anthropologist and historic preservationist with considerable research and teaching experience in international preservation. A former Fulbright scholar (Italy, 1985), Chapman has worked in England, the Caribbean, India, and throughout the continental United States. He was formerly Historian, Mid-Atlantic Region, National Park Service, and has received numerous historic preservation awards and recognitions. He is the author of several books and many articles on historic preservation-related topics, which have appeared in the Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, Winterthur Portfolio, Places, Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, Archaeology, and numerous other journals. For more information on the Historic Preservation Program please go to their website.

Cooperating Faculty

Ivy Hali‘imaile Andrade, MFA, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Lynn A. Davis, MFA, MLIS, Preservation Librarian, Head of Preservation Department, Hamilton Library

April A. H. Drexel, MFA, MA, Assistant Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Peter Leong, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, College of Education

Deborah Waite, PhD., Professor, Art History

Geoffrey M. White, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Senior Fellow at East-West Center

Betty Lou Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies (Arts Education, Museum Studies), College of Education