Our faculty come from a variety of disciplines, providing students with the opportunity to learn different perspectives about important public issues. Faculty have recently published in Public Administration ReviewAmerican Review of Public AdministrationJournal of Public Administration Research and TheoryReview of Public Personnel AdministrationPublius, and Public Management Review.


Morgen Johansen, PUBA

Morgen Johansen


Saunders 631

(808) 956-7551

Jennifer Kagan, PUBA

Jennifer Kagan

Assistant Professor

Saunders 409

(808) 956-0978

Dave Nixon, PUBA

David Nixon

Associate Professor

Saunders 717

(808) 956-7718

Gowun Park

Gowun Park

Assistant Professor

Duties begin Fall 2024

Helen H. Yu, PUBA

Helen H. Yu

Associate Professor

Interim Director

Graduate Chair

Saunders 407

(808) 956-7375


Cooperating Faculty

  • Makena Coffman — Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Ashok K. Das — Associate Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Colin D. Moore — Associate Professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace
  • Vir Armajit Singh — Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Sanjeev Sridharan — Professor, Director of the Office for the Study of Healthcare Policy
  • Jenifer S. Winters — Professor, School of Communication and Information


  • Jaret K.C. Leong — Director, Mānoa Academy and Academic Pathways
  • Kenika M. Lorenzo-Elarco — Junior Specialist Faculty, College of Education, Center on Disability Studies

Retired/Emeriti Faculty

  • Susan Chandler — Emeritus Professor
  • Christopher Grandy — Retired Associate Professor
  • Richard (Dick) Pratt — Emeritus Professor


Teana Motoyama

Teana Motoyama

Program Manager

Saunders 631

(808) 956-8260

Jordyn Ryan

Jordyn Ryan

Graduate Assistant

Saunders 631

(808) 956-8260