History Department: Full-Time Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Douglas Askman holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He teaches courses in: Modern European History, Hawaiian History, Living History Hawai'i, and the Spanish Civil War.  His research interests include Spanish Carlism and the late monarchy period of Hawai'i.  He is currently working on the politics of the late 19th century Hawaiian nationalist, Robert Wilcox.

Askman, Douglas Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 305
Office Phone: (808) 544-9391
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: daskman@hpu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Pierre Asselin holds a Ph.D. from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Recent publications include “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the 1954 Geneva Conference: A Revisionist Critique” in Cold War History (2011); “Revisionism Triumphant: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Nixon Era” in Journal of Cold War Studies (2011); “‘We Don’t Want a Munich’: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy, 1965-1968” in Diplomatic History (2012); and several book reviews.  His second book is entitled Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965, University of California Press, 2013. Dr. Asselin is a specialist of East and Southeast Asian diplomatic history. He teaches courses on U.S. diplomatic history, the Middle East, the International History of the Cold war, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

Asselin, Pierre, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Office Location:
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 409
Office Phone: (808) 544-1479
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: passelin@hpu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Brenden Bliss earned his MA in War Studies from King's College, London, where he is currently enrolled in their Ph.D. program. He teaches primarily in the Military Campus Program (MCP) and his research focuses on Pacific naval and maritime history in the nineteenth century.

Bliss, Brendan. M.A.
Military Campus Programs (MCP)
Office Location:
Office Phone: (808) 566-2459
Office Fax: (808) 566-2454

Email: bbliss@hpu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF) 

Dr. Jim Corcoran

Dr. Jim Corcoran holds a BS from West Point, a Masters in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in history, focusing on China and Southeast Asia. A career U.S. Army officer, he was the Director of Asian Studies in the Department of National and International Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle PA in the 1980s and the 1990s. He teaches history and courses on Asia in HPU's Military Campus Program and is a Curriculum Area Liaison for History, Diplomacy & Military Studies, as well as the MCP contact for Asian Studies. He has published a series of conference reports on Asian Security as Rapporteur for the National Defense University, a recent article in the Association of Diplomacy and Military Studies Newsletter, and reviews in the  World History Association Journal. His areas of research and writing include military history, diplomacy, Asian Studies, and national and international security and strategy.  He is the recipient of the HPU Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012-2013, HPU Teacher of the Year, and also the recipient of the HPU Faculty Assembly Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2011 (Undergraduate, Adjunct).

Office Location:
1164 Bishop Street, Ste. 800
Office Phone: (808) 544-0206
Office Fax: (808) 566-2454

Email: jcorcoran@hpu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Jon Davidann

Jon Davidann received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1995 in U.S.-Japanese history.  He came to Hawai’i Pacific University in 1997.  He is currently writing a monograph on the rise of American and East Asian concepts of modernity in the twentieth century.  He has published several books dealing with cross-cultural relations within history.  In 2012, he published a textbook entitled Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History (Pearson).  His most recent monograph, Cultural Diplomacy in U.S.-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941, a study of the rise and eventual failure of U.S.-Japanese cultural diplomacy leading up to the Pacific War, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2007.  His first book, A World of Crisis and Progress: The American YMCA in Japan, 1890-1930, studied cultural imperialism and cultural nationalism in the interaction between American YMCA missionaries and Japanese Christians in Japan.  Professor Davidann also published an edited book called Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War (University of Hawaii Press, 2008).  He has published articles in the Journal of World History and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations and has received numerous grants and fellowships to undertake his research projects.  He received a Golden Apple research award from Hawai’i Pacific University in 2009, and studied at Oxford University as a visiting fellow in 2008.  He teaches courses on American cultural diplomacy, global history, the history of oil, and the history of economic crisis.  He regularly gives public lectures and interviews on U.S.-East Asian relations and other historical topics.

Davidann, Jon Ph.D.
Professor of History

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 325
Office Phone: (808) 544-0811
Office Fax: (808) 543-9306

Email: jdavidann@hpu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Marc Gilbert holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Los Angeles.  In 1995, HPU was awarded a $575,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) challenge grant.  The fund underwrites the University’s first NEH endowed chair in world history. Dr. Gilbert plans to develop new courses in world history at HPU and build bridges between the University and the local community.  Dr. Gilbert has published extensively as an academic author, co-author, and editor, including World Civilizations: The Global Experience (now in its Seventh edition) and several works on the intersection of Vietnamese and American history. In 1999, Gilbert won a “Silver Telly” Award for a documentary on homeless Vietnam era combat veterans titled Lost Warriors, which he co-wrote and co-produced.

Gilbert, Marc Ph.D.
Professor of History

NEH Endowed Chair of World History

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 207
Office Phone: (808) 544-1169
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: mgilbert@hpu.edu
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Allison Gough holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  She currently teaches courses in U.S. history, African-American history, Race, Sex and Gender, and the Atlantic World.  Dr. Gough’s research interests include anti-slavery and civil rights movements.  She is currently studying African-American troops in the WWII U.S. Military.  Her publications include Messing Up Another Country’s Customs: The Exportation of American Racism in World War Two

Gough, Allison Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History                                                                                                                   Associate Professor of History

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 208
Office Phone: (808) 544-1109
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: agough@hpu.edu


Dr. Russell Hart earned his PhD in History from Ohio State University. He is the author of Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy, 1944 (Boulder, Colorado, 2001) and Guderian: Panzer Pioneer or Mythmaker? (Dulles, Virginia, 2006) and is the co-author of four additional works. He has published articles on topics ranging from armored warfare, coalition command, combat effectiveness, and reconstruction of wartime memory. Dr. Hart’s research interests include modern history, military history, diplomatic history, and genocide studies. Dr. Hart teaches U.S. Military History, History of Military Thought, the Second World War, History of Genocide, Modern European Diplomatic History and Research Methods.

Hart, Russell Ph.D.
Professor of History
Program for Diplomacy and Military Studies

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 213
Office Phone: (808) 543-8043
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: rhart@hpu.edu


Sunny Kang earned his M.A. degree in History and is completing his Ph.D degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  His fields of study include: Race and Politics in Early America, The Black Radical Tradition and Critical Theory, Recent American and Popular Culture, and European Intellectual History.  He teaches courses in World Civilizations, U.S. History, Play and Leisure in World History, Race and Ethnicity in America.  His research interests include the semiotics of body scarification and tattooing.

Kang, Sung “Sunny”, M.A.
Instructor of History

Office Location:
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 405
Office Phone: (808) 544-0204
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306

Email: skang@hpu.edu


Dr. Linda Lierheimer earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She currently teaches courses in Renaissance and reformation history, early modern France and gender studies.  Dr. Lierheimer’s research is in women and religion on the Reformation era.  She has a book in progress titled Women of Eloquence: Ursuline Nuns in Seventeenth Century France.  Among her published articles are “Preaching or Teaching?  Defining the Ursuline Mission in Seventeenth-Century France.”

Lierheimer, Linda Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities

Office Location:
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 510B2
Office Phone: (808) 544-0810
Office Fax: (808) 544-0835

Email: llierheimer@hpu.edu


Dr. Brian R. Price studies military culture and practice from the ancient period through the modern age, with a special emphasis on the relationship between culture and the use of technology. He holds a BA in International Relations from UCLA where he focused on US-Soviet relations and on terrorism. He holds a doctorate from the University of North Texas in military history. His has ten years experience as a publisher and eight in the e-commerce and online community segments of the Internet industry, rising in that time to become an executive. From 2011-12 he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System program, where he served as special staff and conducted field research in support of Brigade and Division level commands. He holds a life-long interest in the history of European martial arts and its application to modern combatives, as well as in chivalric culture. He is the co-founder of the Schola Saint George, an international non-profit school of martial arts. His books include Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction, The Sword in Two Hands, Teaching and Interpreting Historical Swordsmanship, The Book of the Tournament and Ramon Lull’s Book of Knighthood & Chivalry. His wide range of research interests include classical warfare, arms and armour, strategy, insurgency and counter-insurgency, expeditionary economics, aviation, military technology, and the American military experience. Currently his research is focused on the history of the American military’s efforts to gain local cultural knowledge and on the American military from 1972-2013.

Price, Brian R., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History

Office Location
1166 Fort Street Mall #309
Office Phone: 808-543-8063

Email: bprice@hpu.edu


Carl Schuster holds a M.A. in International Relations and has over thirty years of professional experience in the U.S. Navy, specializing in intelligence. We was the Director of Operations, Joint Intelligence Center, PACOM and currently serves as Director and Principle Military Security Analyst at Cubic Applications, Inc., in Honolulu. At HPU he teaches courses in intelligence studies, contemporary and future conflict, and on the Chinese military.

Schuster, Carl, Captain (USN, Retired)
Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Office Location:
1166 Fort Street Mall, Suite 213
Office Phone: (808) 687-7025
Office Fax: (808) 544-9306
Email: cschuster@hpu.edu


Dr. Justin Vance teaches primarily in support of HPU’s Military Campus Programs.  He earned a BA History from Boise State University, an MA in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California.  His research interests are teaching History via distance learning settings, the American Civil War, and WW II in the Pacific.  In the past, he taught History at Wayland Baptist University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, conducted battlefield tours of Hawaii’s World War II military sites for Home of the Brave Tours, and has worked at bringing history to life at the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Bishop Museum. Dr. Vance is the 2010 winner of the Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at HPU.

Vance, Justin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of History
Interim Dean, Military Campus Programs   

Office Location:
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 500
 Honolulu, HI 96813    
Office Phone: (808)- 543-8096
Office Fax: (808) 566-2454

Email: jvance@hpu.edu