Sociology at the University of Hawaiʻi

The Department of Sociology at UH Mānoa examines patterns and dynamics of social relations, while paying special attention to issues of social justice. The department covers many major dimensions of sociology and over time has developed academic expertise and excellence in the following domains:

  1. Race, ethnicity, gender, and class
  2. Health, aging, and medical sociology
  3. Asia, Pacific, and Hawaiʻi in regional and global contexts
  4. Crime, law, and social control
  5. Nationalism, globalization, and sustainability

You will find a highly engaged faculty - both in research and teaching - that take an active interest in making our interconnected world a better place.

PhD candidate Rumika Suzuki Hillyer has been awarded the Takie S. Lebra Scholarship from the Center for Japanese Studies (@UHM_CJS) for AY 22-23. She is finishing up her dissertation that explores tastes and social class of Nikkei Brazilians living in Japan. Congrats, Rumika!

Image for the Tweet beginning: PhD candidate Rumika Suzuki Hillyer

Dr. Aya Kimura a co-editor of this new special collection of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. The issue focuses on citizen science (participatory knowledge making), disasters, and infrastructures. https://t.co/co62Ht6fHj

Image for the Tweet beginning: Dr. Aya Kimura a co-editor

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Noreen Kohl as the winner of the department's Sakihara Award for this year! Her dissertation title is, "Is there a Long-Term Impact of Accumulated Police Encounters on Mental Health and Life Chances Among Young Adults in the United States?"

Congrats to CSS awardees @UHM_Sociology’s Wei Zhang for BOR Excellence in Teaching and @on_ws_studies’s Lani Teves for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Work. Watch the awards ceremony: 3:30pm, May 2 at https://t.co/gd34B7TJrL

Image for the Tweet beginning: Congrats to CSS awardees @UHM_Sociology’sImage for the Tweet beginning: Congrats to CSS awardees @UHM_Sociology’s

Congratulations to Dr. Wei Zhang for receiving a 2022 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching! Join the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at Kennedy Theatre, or watch the livestream of the ceremony here: https://t.co/9ZEn7BN8kB

Congratulations to PhD student Rachel Engel, who has been awarded a 2021-2022 Graduate Student Organization Merit Based Award for Research! Rachel is working at UHERO on housing issues in Hawaiʻi, providing vital support for marginalized communities. @UHEROnews @RachelEngel18

Image for the Tweet beginning: Congratulations to PhD student Rachel

I’m excited to receive the @SSSP1org Lindesmith Graduate Student Paper Award from the Law and Society Division for my paper, “A Right to Mobility: A Critical Examination into Citizenship, Property Relations, and the US Civil Rights Movement.” Looking forward to presenting in LA!

Mahalo to Dr. Barbara Joyce (Undergraduate Advisor) and Dr. Aya Kimura (Undergraduate Studies Committee Chair) for representing our department at The Mānoa Experience this weekend! Thousands of prospective students & their families attended the campus-wide open house. (1/2)

Image for the Tweet beginning: Mahalo to Dr. Barbara Joyce
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