University of Hawaii at Manoa

Political Science (Indigenous Politics and Alternative Futures)

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The Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa invites and develops critical political studies of power relations. We emphasize innovations that are attentive to the dynamics of globalization, the endurance of imperialism, the growth of social inequality, the emergence of new social identities, and the contours of contemporary and future governance in the Asia Pacific region.Centering the study of power, our curriculum offers unique opportunities to expand traditional subfields of political science with new perspectives and methodologies based in the study of Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies. Both subfields are unique to our program and cultivate interdisciplinary analyses of local, national, regional, and global efforts to create alternative political processes, so that critiques of existing power relations are accompanied by creative efforts to improve collective life. We are methodologically flexible, focusing primarily on qualitative methods of inquiry. Students can receive MA and PhD degrees in Political Science with specializations in both subfields.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Katharina Heyer
Graduate Chair
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Department of Political Science
2424 Maile Way, Saunders 640
Honolulu, HI 96822

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