Faculty Bios

Gordon Knowles


Office: 1188 Fort Street, Suite 314,  Honolulu HI, 96813 (MP building)
Office Phone Number: (808) 544-1140


Gordon Knowles, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
M.S., Criminal Justice, Chaminade University

Gordon James Knowles received his Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, Social Psychology, and Criminal Justice Research Methods from the University of Hawaii at Manoa He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Police Administration and Corrections Management from Chaminade University of Honolulu Teaching and research interests include: (1) Introduction to Sociology, (2) Social Problems and Policy, (3) Criminology, (4) Drug Abuse and Justice, (5) Juvenile Deviancy and Justice, and (6) Sociology of Terrorism. His publications have focused on clandestine urban drug trafficking and illicit drug addiction, organized crime and underground illegal gambling casinos, prison gangs and inmate subculture, human trafficking within the sex tourism industry, counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism, the international drug trade and narco-terrorism.  He also serves as a Military Police Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve assigned as a Civil Affairs: Public Safety Officer.  He has supported counter-insurgency and security force development in Iraq and Indonesia, conducted humanitarian assistance operations in Thailand and the Philippines, served in United Nations security force missions in Japan and Korea, and participated in regional security and stability exercises with Malaysia and Singapore.