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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

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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.

Miriam SHARMA, Ph.D.

Book Cover Of "The Politics Of Inequality"

Contact Information

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Brooklyn College

Prof. Sharma is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Book cover of "The Politics of Inequality"


The Reconstructed Village: Ethnography and the Ethnographer a Quarter of a Century Later, class formation and gender relations, feminist theory, international labor migration, social science methodology.


  • ASAN 312: Contemporary Asian Civilization
  • ASAN 463: Gender Issues in Asian Society
  • ASAN 600: South Asian Studies
  • ASAN 624: Culture and Colonialism

Selected Publications

  • Profiting From the Poor: Income Generation Schemes and Women in Rural India. In Bruce Koppel, et. al., Development or Deterioration? Work in Rural Asia. Lynne & Rienner, Boulder, pp. 73-98, 1994
  •  Engendering Reproduction: The Political Economy of Reproductive Activities in a Rajasthan Village. In Alice W. Clark, ed., Gender and Political Economy: Exploration of South Asian Systems. Oxford Univ. Press, New Delhi, pp. 24-65, 1993
  • When More Means Less: Assessing the Impact of Dairy ‘development’ on the Lives and Health of Women in Rural Rajasthan. Social Science and Medicine (special issue on women and health), pp. 1-13, 1993
  • Arranging a Marriage in Rural North India. In Michael Howard, Contemporary Cultural Anthropology (Glenview: Harper Collins Pub, 4th edition. pp. 201-214, 1993
  •  Toward a Political Economy of Emigration from the Philippines: the 1906-1946 Ilokano Movement to Hawaii in Historical Perspective. Philippines Sociological Review 35 (3-4): pp. 15-33, 1987
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