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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.


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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • B.A., Political Science and Japanese, University of Washington, 2005

Kristi Govella is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Book cover of "Linking Trade and Security"


Dr. Kristi Govella specializes in comparative politics and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on Asian regionalism, Japanese politics, and the relationship between economics and security. She is currently writing a book examining how the early stages of trade liberalization shape the preferences and political strategies of multinational firms through a cross-sectoral analysis of the Japanese political economy. She is also engaged in a number of projects looking at defense capacity building, Asian regional institutional architecture, Japanese security reforms, Sino-Japanese relations, and Chinese infrastructure aid using a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Govella was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Program on US-Japan Relations) and an Associate Professor of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, in addition to holding positions at the Berkeley APEC Study Center, the US Department of State, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. She is an alumna of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program, and the Nitobe Kokusai Juku.


  • ASAN 312: Contemporary Asian Civilizations.
  • ASAN 462: Contested Issues in Contemporary Japan.
  • ASAN 626: Capitalism in Contemporary Asia.
  • ASAN 687: Conflict & Cooperation in Contemporary Asia.
  • ASAN 689: International Relations of Asia.
  • ASAN 750: Research Seminar in Asian Studies.

Selected Publications

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