Department of Anthropology Faculty

Our faculty research and teach about human evolution and ecology; race and human variation; health and demography; gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationalism, and indigeneity; social interaction, inequality, and the creation of local and global structures of domination and resistance.

Christopher J. Bae

Office: Dean 211
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8193
Paleoanthropology, Eastern Asia

James M. Bayman

Office: Dean 205
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8511
Archaeology, Culture Contact, Colonialism

Jan Brunson

Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 309
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-2007
Medical Anthropology, Women's Health, Nepal

Alex Golub

Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 313
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-6575
Cultural Anthropology, Pacific, Politics

Patrick V. Kirch

Office: Dean 101/A
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3366
Archaeology, Historical Anthropology, Polynesia

Jonathan Padwe

Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 317
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-2707
Environmental Anthropology, Southeast Asia

Christian E. Peterson

Professor, Graduate Chair
Office: Dean 204
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8460
Complex Societies, China, Southern Africa

Seth Quintus

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Chair
Office: Dean 201
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-9820
Environmental Archaeology, Agriculture, Oceania

Barry V. Rolett

Office: Saunders 304
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7546
Archaeology, Polynesia, China

Eirik Saethre

Professor, Department Chair
Office: Saunders 346E/306
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3995
Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology

Ann Sakaguchi

Office: Saunders 336
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8454
Disaster Management, Public Health

Miriam Stark

Office: Dean 203C
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7552
Archaeology, Material Culture, Southeast Asia

Ty Kawika P. Tengan

Office: Saunders 314
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7831
Indigeneity, Masculinity, Hawaiʻi

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Retired/Emeritus Faculty

Michael Graves (

Traditional Agriculture, Complexity, Polynesia

P. Bion Griffin (

Ethnoarchaeology, Hunter-Gatherers Elephants

Alan Howard (

Polynesia, Diaspora, Cultural Identity

Michael Pietrusewsky (

Bioarchaeology, Biodistance, Asia & Pacific

Leslie Sponsel (

Spiritual Ecology, Buddhist Ecology

Geoffrey White (

Ethnography, War Memory, Oceania, France

Christine Yano (

Popular Culture, Japan, Japanese Americans

Additional emeriti:

  • Terry L. Hunt

Emeriti Faculty - In Memoriam

  • Andrew R. Arno (PhD, Harvard University, 1974) - Legal Anthropology, Ethnography of Communication, Kinship and Social Organization, Pacific
  • Jack Bilmes (PhD, Stanford, 1974) - Ling. Anthro., Occasioned Semantics, Discourse
  • C. Fred Blake (PhD, University of Illinois, 1975) - Critical and Interpretive Theory, Ethnography and Biography, Popular Ideologies, Social Movements and Entrepreneurship in the Modern World Economy, China, U.S.
  • Stephen T. Boggs (PhD, University of Washington, 1954) - Sociolinguistics and socialization, methods, education, ethnic groups in Hawaiʻi
  • Alice G. Dewey (PhD, Radcliffe College, 1959) - Economic, Kinship, Javanese Conceptual Frameworks, Southeast Asia, Pacific
  • Nina L. Etkin (PhD, University of Washington, 1975) - Biological and Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Diet, Ethnopharmacology, CAM, West Africa, Pacific, Indonesia
  • Ben R. Finney (PhD, Harvard University, 1964) - Polynesian Voyaging, Humanity in Space, Contemporary Pacific
  • Takie S. Lebra (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1967) - Culture and Self, Communication, Gender, Career, Elite, Japan