Helen H. Yu, PUBA

Helen H. Yu

Associate Professor

Interim Director

Graduate Chair

Saunders 407

(808) 956-7375



In 2014, I retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of active duty service. The last 16 years were spent in a non-uniform capacity as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. I am a subject matter expert in counterintelligence and counter-terrorism, and served on three combat tours in support of Operations Joint Forge, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. My professional experience have influenced every aspect of my academic pursuits, and I hope my efforts build the next generation of public leaders in Hawaiʻi, the mainland, and the Asia-Pacific region.


  • PhD, Public Administration and Public Policy, Auburn University, 2011
  • MS, Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001
  • BA, Political Science, North Carolina State University, 1993


  • PUBA 604: Leadership and Ethics
  • PUBA 606: Public Administration Personnel Management
  • PUBA 667: Special Topics
  • PUBA 696: Capstone Seminar


Human resource management and law enforcement.


My research interests include the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in nontraditional occupations, specifically federal law enforcement, and policy decision-making in policing.

Community Engagement

In 2015, I was appointed as a Board Member to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation, Inc. In this capacity, I provide consultation on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal, state, and local law enforcement, and education to the criminal justice system and the media of the value women bring to the law enforcement profession.