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People: Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

Jarius Grove

Jarius Grove, is Director of the Hawai'i Research Center for Future Studies and an Assistant Professor in Political Science for the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

I grew up in Texas and went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin’s History Program. After five years of coaching college debate I returned to school at Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations. I finished my Ph.D. in 2011 and joined the Mānoa faculty the same year.

My work so far has centered on the ecology and future of global warfare. I am interested in the ways war continues to expand, bringing an ever greater collection of participants and technologies into the gravitational pull of violent conflict. I am also interested in various approaches to global relations such as systems theory, cybernetics, and complexity theory, as well as the role new media play in altering the interface with global relations. In my spare time I collect vinyl and co-edit The Contemporary Condition with William E. Connolly.


Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua

Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua, He Kanaka ʻŌiwi Hawaiʻi au. ʻO Oʻahu kuʻu one hānau. My genealogy also connects my ʻohana to Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and Maui islands, as well as to Southern China and the British Midlands. My academic work is one part of a lifetime commitment to aloha ʻāina—politically-engaged loving care for Hawaiʻi and for Indigenous relationships with place. I value and prioritize collaborative and community-engaged scholarship. I continue to be interested in Indigenous social movements, participatory & activist research methods, and Hawaiian sovereignty. My work is increasingly influenced by a pressing concern about the intersections of energy and food politics with Indigenous social and political health. My previous research projects have involved documenting, analyzing and proliferating the ways people are transforming imperial and settler colonial relations through Indigenous political values and initiatives. I have been involved in and written about the creation of Native Hawaiian culture-based schooling. My first book, The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School(University of Minnesota Press, 2013), discusses some of the tensions of designing and implementing Indigenous culture- and land-based educational initiatives within and against settler state structures.


Nicole Grove

Nicole Grove is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, with affiliations in the Hawaiʻi Research Center for Futures Studies and the International Cultural Studies Program. She received her B.A. (2008) in Politics from New York University and my Ph.D. (2015) in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on international relations, political theory, and new media theory. She joined the faculty in the Department of Political Science at UH as an Assistant Professor in 2015.

Her research to date has centered on new algorithmic interventions in geopolitics and novel forms of securitization emerging alongside the application and adaptation of information technologies in the Middle East.  More broadly, she is interested in the relationship between media, technology and security, the politics of visuality and affect, and entanglements of popular culture and international politics.  Her work appears in Security Dialogue, Globalizations, and the Journal of Critical Globalization Studies.  She's also starting as Associate Editor of the journal International Political Sociology in Spring 2017. 


Debora Halbert

Debora Halbert is currently serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. she completed her B.A. (1989) and M.A. (1992) at Western Washington University and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (1996). Upon graduation from UH, she accepted a tenure track job at Otterbein College, a small liberal arts college outside of Columbus, Ohio, where she taught in the Department of History and Political Science for twelve years. Since 1996, she have taught courses across the discipline. She is especially interested courses on technology law and policy, public policy, futures studies, legal studies, environmental politics, and the underlying theoretical foundations for these topics. In 2008, she returned to the Political Science department at UH, where she now teach futures studies, constitutional law, public policy, and law and society.

Her scholarship focuses on the politics of intellectual property and have published two books on the subject, Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Property Rights (Quorum, 1999) and Resisting Intellectual Property (Routledge, 2005). Her third book The State of Copyright (Routledge) will appear in 2014. This book investigates the intersection of expanding intellectual property laws, national culture, and the international political economy of intellectual property. Aside from her ongoing work on intellectual property issues, she has an interest in expatriatism and its connection to the nation-state. This project is on-going.


Carolyn Stephenson

Carolyn Stephenson received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. from Ohio State (1980). Before coming to UH in 1985 she was Director of Peace Studies at Colgate University, and a Scholar–in–Residence at Radcliffe.

She is currently a member of the graduate faculty in Population Studies, where she teaches on gender, population, and the environment, and participate in the Program on Conflict Resolution. She also directs the Hawai'i Model United Nations, in which graduate student involvement is welcome.


Jenifer Sunrise Winter

Jenifer Sunrise Winter is an Associate Proessor and Gradate Chair of the School of Communications and co-Director of the Pacific ICTD Colaborativev. She received the AB from the Ocidental College and the MLIS and PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii.

Her research examines how increased instrumentation and tracking of natural and social processes (e.g., the Internet of Things) enable the construction of unique data profiles that may expose personal information that could be used by corporations or governments to disadvantage certain individuals or groups. She studies how these developments may create unjust power differentials used by one group to diminish the opportunities of another, threaten to destroy anonymity when engaging in public affairs, and hinder public participation in democratic discourse. She is also interested in open data, in particular how it can be harnessed for the public good, while minimizing the risks of re-identification of personal data.


Jim Dator

Jim Dator is Professor and Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the Program in Public Administration, the College of Architecture, and the Center for Japanese Studies, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Co-Chair, Space and Society Division, International Space University, Strasbourg, France; former President, World Futures Studies Federation; Fellow and former member of the Executive Council, World Academy of Art and Science.

He also taught at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, for six years), the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, the University of Toronto, and the InterUniversity Consortium for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

He received a BA in Ancient and Medieval History and Philosophy from Stetson University, an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Political Science from The American University. He did post graduate work at Virginia Theological Seminary (Ethics and Church History), Yale University (Japanese Language), The University of Michigan (Linguistics and Quantitative Methods), Southern Methodist University (Mathematical Applications in Political Science).

He is a Danforth Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and Fulbright Fellow.


Associates, Research Assistants, and Interns in HRCFS (1971-2014)

Mark Alexander, Tuti Baker, Dick Barber, Bindi Borg, Mathew Bradford, Stuart Candy, Joe Dolan, Jake Dunagan, Heather Frey, Maria Guido, David Hagino, Debora Halbert, Jan Huston, Chris Jones, Jill Keesbury, William Kramer, Dede Letts, Ward Mardfin, Barbara Moir, Mark Nickum, George Omen, Vincent Pollard, Charles Portwood, Sharon Rodgers, Aaron Rosa, Seongwon Park, Wendy Schultz, Yongseok Seo, Bumchul Shin, Takahiro Suzuki, John Sweeney, Michael Sysiuk, Shunichi Takekawa, Sally Taylor, Salvador Valadez, Beth Walters, Anne Witebsky, Scott Yim

Graduate Students of the Alternative Futures MA/PHD Program (1971-2014)

Greg Aanestad, Marcelino Actouka, Rajani Adhikary, Mark Alexander, Chris Alper, Yoshihisa Amae, Cheryl Anderson, Lloyd Asato, Henry T. K. Au , Ann Auman, Michael Babich, Ilhan Bae, Tuti Baker, Toby Bailin, Dick Barber, Christopher Baruffi, Frecia Basilio, Kirk Bergstrom, Boonrak Boonyaketmala, Bindi Borg, Bill Buevens, Francine Blume, Michelle Bowman, Mark Bradley, Robin Brandt, Tom Brandt, David Brier, Jim Brock, Michael Buckley, Mitchell Cabral, Grace Caligtan, Cyrus Camp, Stuart Candy, Rosie Chang, Tutii Chilton, Carolyn Ciccarelli, Chris Clemmens, Joshua Cooper, Bill Danks, Malia Kupahu Davidson, Timothy Desmond, Kim De Vidts, Phil Dewan, Yury Di Pasquale, Tim Dolan, Kip Dooley, Shannon Dorsey, Jake Dunagan, Robert Dziublowski, Bruce Etherington, Gary Forth, Heather Frey, Jenny Miller Garmendia, Fredrick Galtung, Barry Gills, Adrianne Greenlees, Robert Grossman, Maria Guido, Deborah Halbert, Keith Hamada, Charles Heaukulani, Dean Higuchi, Jan Huston, Sohail Inayatullah, Fred James, Maorong Jiang, Jon Jonassen, Chris Jones, Mark Justman, Darien Kadens, Ross Kamakahi, Kenn Kassman, Shawn Kelley, Darrell Kicker, Stephen Kiser, Chris Klutz, Kelly Kraemer, William Kramer, Scott Kroeker, Akiyo Kuramochi, Trudi Lang, Gary Lawler, Avigal Lemberger, Liza Lockard, Stephen Lohse, Kaipo Lum, Sohail Mahmood, David Mason, Phil McNally, Michael Miller, Peter Miller, Takashi Mita, James Monma, Takuya Murata, Saimoni Naivalu, Devin Nordberg, Michael Ogden, Rollie Ortiz, Jonathan Peck, Ramsey Pedersen, Anthony Pennings, Liana Petranek, Anna Powell, Joshua Pryor, James Rae, Bob Reeves, Sue Reid, Deacon Ritterbush, Sharon Rodgers, Aaron Rosa, Richard Rose, Miriam Rosenthal, Wylma Samaranayake-Robinson, Samporn Sangchai, Richard Scarce, Michael Scheiern, Wendy Schultz, Yongseok Seo, Jordi Serra, Susan Shawhan, Bumchul Shin, Kazuomi Shiozawa, Christa Slaton, David Smith, Siula Solomona, Stacey Solomone, Rich Somerville, Hyeonju Son, Jesse Souki, Shanah Trevenna, Tony Stevenson, Betty Strom, Takahiro Suzuki, John Sweeney, Chandra Tamarisa, Sally Taylor, Pam Tevebaugh, Donald Toews, David Thorp, Morgan Torris-Hedlund, Rex Troumbley, Francis Tuifao, S. P. Udayakumar, Susan Umetsu, Salvador Valadez, Beth Walters, Don Weller, Ronald Williams, Alita Wall, James White, Darlene Williams, Charles Willson, Anne Witebsky, Tom Worth, Wayne Yasutomi, Aubrey Yee, Scott Yim, Anna Yue, Jan Zastrow, Chris Zivalich.

Undergraduate Students Involved in Future-oriented Projects (1970-2014)

Robert Alm, James Anthony, David Arakawa, Dennis Arakaki, Lloyd Asato, Summer Banner, Lynda Belcher, Aeza Bolo, Bruce Bikle, Diane Borchart, Sarah Bott, Akili Calhoun, Fred Chaves, Wayson Chow, Betsy Christian, Celia Chu, Deborah Coombs, Carlice Cornett, Marie Couch, Bessie Cousar, Robert Crawley, Karen Curtis, Mike Dahilig, William Dang, Dede Letts, Adam Dykes, Linda Ekroth, Libby Ellet, Bonnie Fackre, Reece Farinas, Kale Feldman, Connie Fisher, Theresa Flood, Susan Foster, Cauleen Glass, Louann Guanson, David Hagino, Susan Harding, Ed Henry, Ted Hong, Richard Hopper, Glenn Horio, Frank Hutchinson, Charles Impastato, Diane Kahanu, Dexter Kaiama, Alvin Kaohu, Kris Kaupalolo, Sandra Kim, Bryan Klum, Ken Kobayashi, Roland Kotani, Dennis Kull, Sanji Kumar, Bruce Lagareta, Greg Laliberte, John Leifhelm, Dede Letts, Kaipo Lum, Linda Luke, Richard Ma, Sarita MacLeod, Rodney Maile, Tom Mandel, Jim Mansfield, David Mason, Bill McMahon, Robert McNamara, Doyle Moeller, Glenda Naito, Paul Nakamura, Lloyd Nakata, Karen Olovsson, Gail Paik, Glen Pascual, Mae Pattison, Dana Peterson, Matt Rohrer, Barbara Ryan, Virginia Ann Sablan, Nelson Santiago, Barry Sato, Malia Scanlan, Suzanne Schapiro, Doug Seelig, Elizabeth Shupe, Douglas A Stepina, Alvin Takahashi, Mark Takai, Chris Uebelein, Lorene Walker, Dawn Wasson, Kore Waymack, Tina Weatherby, Malcomb Webb, Dan Wedemeyer, Andrea Wells, George Wilkins

Visiting Korean Scholars

The Center has hosted each of the following journalists and scholars for one year each:

Byung Ho SON, Journalist, Kukmin Daily, 2010-11
Joonho CHOI, Jounalist, Joong Ang Ilbo, 2009-10
Jae-Cheol KIM, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2004-06