Current PhD Students

The following are select PhD degree candidates. Browse our listing of PhD recipients, select MA candidates, and MA recipients.

PhD, Dylan Beatty, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dylan Beatty

beattyd@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Geography, The Philippines, Maritime Disputes in Southeast Asia and Filipino Fishers, the Rise of China as a Global Power

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Will Cecil, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Will Cecil

wececil@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Marine Conservation, Protected Areas Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Environmental Policy

Advisor: Brian Szuster

PhD, Azmeary Ferdoush, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Md Azmeary Ferdoush

ferdoush@hawaii.edu · Website

Research Interests: Borders and Enclaves in Bangladesh and India, Citizenship, Territory, State, Sovereignty, Geopolitics, Political Geography, and Social Theory

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Micah Fisher, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Micah R. Fisher

micahrf@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Landscapes and Livelihoods, Tenure and Customary Rights, Political Ecology, Participatory Mapping, Climate Change Adaptation, and Conflict Resolution

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Gollan Geronimo, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Rollan C. Geronimo

rollan@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management, Climate and Ocean Change Impacts on Marine Resources, GIS, Remote Sensing, Data Visualization, Spatial Pattern Analyses

Advisor: Camilo Mora

PhD, Hunter Heaivilin, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Hunter Heaivilin

huntersh@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Agro-food Systems, Land Use Change and Planning, Climate Change, Pacific Islands

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Jacob Henry, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jacob Henry

jacoblh@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Tourism Geographies, Anthropology of Education, Namibia/Southern Africa, Volunteer Tourism, Teacher-Tourism, Critical Race Theory

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Aurora Kagawa Viviani, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Aurora Kagawa-Viviani

kagawa@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Invasion and Restoration Ecohydrology in Water-Limited Landscapes, Tropical Dry Forests, Indigenous Agricultural Systems, Water Resources, ʻŌiwi STEM and Collaborative Research

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

PhD, Kyle Kajihiro, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kyle Kajihiro

kkajihir@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Geography, Political Ecology, Indigenous Geographies, Feminist Geopolitics, Militarization, Imperial formation, Social Movements

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Kerrie Littlejohn, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kerrie Littlejohn

klittlej@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Behavioral Geography, Environmental Responsible Behaviors, Norms and Values, Nature-based Tourism, Education, and Sustainable Development

Advisor: Brian Szuster

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Borjana Lubura-Winchester

borjana@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Geopolitics, Borders, Sovereignty, Humanitarian Intervention,The European/Balkan Refugee/Migration Crisis, Human Trafficking/Human Rights, Area: Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Joan Pan, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Joan Pan

jpan@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Tea, Health, Well-Being, Social Media

Advisor: Hong Jiang

PhD, Angkana Rawichutiwan, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Angkana Rawichutiwan

angkana@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Development and Environment, Small-scale Fisheries, Coastal hazards, Mangrove forest, Environmental Narratives and Discourse, Thailand

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Sayaka Sakuma, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sayaka Sakuma

ss26@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Tourism, Political Ecology, Militarization, Discourse and Practice of Conservation, State, Rural-Revitalization, Okinawa

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Ben Schrager, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ben Schrager

schrager@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Agrifood Studies, Chicken, Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Ethical Consumption, Food Certification Strategies, Quotidian Geographies, Soccer, Area: Japan and Hawai‘i

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Desiree Simandjuntak, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Desiree L. Simandjuntak

dlsim@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Marine Policy, Fishery, Conservation and Ecology, Resource Management, Poverty and Development

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Yuko Stender, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Yuko Stender

ystender@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Responses of Coral Communities to Human-Induced Environmental Changes, Coral Reef Recovery from Impacts of Land-Derived Material, Landscape Ecology, Spatial Statistics, GIS

Advisor: Ross Sutherland

PhD, Henryk Szadziewski, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Henryk Szadziewski

henryksz@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Mobilities; Geopolitics; Economic Development; Globalization; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and Soft Power. Areas: Fiji; China; Xinjiang

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Katie Taladay, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Katie Taladay

taladay@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Coastal Ecosystems, Benthic Habitat Mapping, Carbon Cycling, UAS Technologies, Participatory Science

Advisor: Qi Chen

PhD, Han Tseng, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Han Tseng

tsenghan@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Ecohydrology, Forest Environment and Ecology, Watershed Hydrology, Cloud Forest (TMCF), Tropical Ecosystems, Climate Change and Land Cover Change

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

PhD, Laura Williams, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Laura Williams

lauralw@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Tourism, Popular Geopolitics, Cultural Studies, Nature and Society, Agro-Food Initiatives

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Kawēlau (Michelle) Wright, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kawēlau (Michelle) Wright

kawelau.wright@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Hawaiʻi, Pacific Islands, Oceania, Political Geography, Political Ecology, Indigenous Geographies, Imperialism

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Qian Zhang, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Qian Zhang

qzhang7@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Remote Sensing Technologies, Geographical Information System (GIS), Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Cycle, Forest Biomass

Advisor: Qi Chen