The Department’s core faculty have published and lectured on both American and non-American topics or indigenous cultures and societies. Their writings have been translated into (or originally written in) twelve different languages. In addition, they have taught or lectured in most of those places.
The interdisciplinary scholarship of the UH American Studies faculty has resulted in their serving on doctoral committees in 19 different departments throughout the university, while the quality of that scholarship has been acknowledged with Guggenheim, Rockefeller, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Soros/Open Society, Social Science Research Council, Ford, Radcliffe, and numerous Fulbright and other fellowships. American Studies faculty members have received the highest undergraduate teaching and graduate mentorship awards given by the university. And most of them are deeply involved in community affairs and/or activism, including concerns with environmental protection, gay and lesbian issues, racial conflict, and more.
In addition to many students from Hawai‘i and the continental United States, others from Sweden, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Korea, Taiwan, Samoa, Guam, Okinawa, the Philippines, and elsewhere have graduated from our various programs.
Many of our graduates now hold prestigious academic, corporate, or government jobs in their home countries. Other alumni are professional or political leaders (including the current Governor of the State of Hawai‘i), or are professors or administrators at colleges and universities throughout the United States.