Featured Speakers: LLL Research Award Recipients (2016)

To celebrate our 20th year, we will be featuring talks by three of our four 2016 LLL Research Award recipients.

For more information, please see the forthcoming conference program.


Kim CompocFeatured Speaker:
PhD candidate Kim Compoc – English

Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research Award
In recognition of outstanding doctoral dissertation research

Hawaiian Independence and the Lessons of Filipino Sovereignty: New Dialogues for Maximizing Ea
This dissertation examines literary and political contributions by Filipinos in Hawaiʻi to understand changing contestations with American Empire from the 1990s to the present. My central research questions are: In what ways have Filipinos activists and writers in Hawaiʻi critiqued U.S. empire, and to what degree have they understood the Hawaiian struggle for independence within that story of U.S. Empire? What new possibilities for decolonizing Hawaii/reimagining Hawaiʻi’s future occur in those spaces where both colonizations are held in the same frame?

This paper explores the perspectives of a group of Kanaka Maoli independence activists who have traveled to the Philippines to connect with social justice activists there. I ask: How has the struggle for Filipino sovereignty informed the struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty? I am interested in how we can all become more perfect allies to each other’s struggles against racism, colonialism, native erasure, war, militarism and all forms of imperial domination.

Kim Compoc is a doctoral candidate in the English department whose research interests include Filipin@ American studies; literature and colonialism, and feminist theory and American empire. Her dissertation is titled “(Im)perfect Allies: Decolonizing Hawaiʻi from a Filipino Perspective.” Compoc has been published in SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and is a contributor to Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. In 2011, she received a pre-doctoral Ford fellowship. Before starting graduate school, Compoc was active in a number of community-based organizations including Maui Filipino Working Group, Talking Stories, and Mediation Services of Maui. She is now active with Women’s Voices, Women Speak, and Decolonial Pin@ys.


JD BrownFeatured Speaker:
Dr. James Dean (“JD”) Brown – SLS

Senior Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award
In recognition of outstanding scholarship and research

Keys to Actually Doing Successful Mixed Methods Research
This speech begins by briefly defining the notion of research in TESOL, then moves on to discuss the various characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research, especially within the framework of a qual/quant continuum, wherein qualitative and quantitative research characteristics interact. The presentation continues by defining mixed methods research, then explaining the difference between mixed methods research (MMR) and multi-method research, and discussing the most salient features of MMR. The talk also distinguishes among three main varieties of MMR: qualitative mixed, pure mixed, and quantitative mixed methods research. The speech then addresses three practical questions:

1. How can triangulation be used as a primary tool in MMR for combining the best features of qualitative and quantitative research and thereby overcoming the weaknesses of each research paradigm?
2. How can certain strategies (convergence, divergence, exemplification, clarification, elaboration, and their interactions) be used in MMR to examine qualitative and quantitative data together for connections, patterns, cross-validation, anomalies, etc.?
3. How can research questions be used to keep the researcher on the MMR track?

Examples of these techniques are drawn from MMR that the presenter has conducted in Japan and elsewhere. MMR did indeed provide interesting answers.

James Dean (“JD”) Brown is currently Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has spoken and taught courses in many places ranging from Australia to Venezuela. He has published numerous articles and books on language testing, curriculum design, research methods, and connected speech.Brown’s most recent books are: Mixed methods research for TESOL (2014 from Edinburgh University Press); Cambridge guide to research in language teaching and learning (2015, edited with C. Coombe from Cambridge University Press); Teaching and assessing EIL in local contexts around the world (2015, written with S. L. McKay from Routledge); and Introducing Needs Analysis and English for Specific Purposes (2016 from Rutledge).


Tina GerhardtFeatured Speaker:
Dr. Christina Gerhardt – LLEA

Junior & Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award
In recognition of outstanding scholarship and research

Rendering Visible: History, Geography + the Environmental Humanities
In this talk, I consider two site specific public art installations from 1990s Berlin. On the one hand, each installation offers history lessons specific to Germany. On the other hand, these installations can also be adapted to other geographic contexts and urban places. Currently, I am carrying them out with students, focusing both on erased sites of indigenous Hawaiians and on sites related to the history of immigration to Hawaiia. My talk illustrates how the humanities can help us to visualize erased histories anew and re-engage and re-envision the politics of place, engaging both creative and analytical skills, and connecting the university and the community.

Christina Gerhardt is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Hawaii, where she teaches 20th century German literature, culture, and film. She has finished two book manuscripts: Critique of Violence: The Trauma of Terrorism, and Nature in Adorno, both under review; as well as two edited volumes, 1968 + Global Cinema; and Climate Change, Hawaii and the Pacific, also both under review with university presses. Gerhardt has received grants from the Fulbright Commission and the DAAD. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and at Columbia University, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University in Berlin. Previously, she taught in the Department of German at the University of California at Berkeley. Her articles and reviews have been published in Cineaste, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review, New German Critique and Quarterly Review of Film and Video.


The final 2016 LLL Research Award recipient will unfortunately be unavailable to present her research to us at this event, but is recognized here for her achievements.

Katie Gao 1PhD candidate Katie Gao – Linguistics
Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research Award
In recognition of outstanding doctoral dissertation research

Katie Gao, a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics, is writing her dissertation about the relationship of language and ethnicity in Yunnan Province, China. Gao’s dissertation presents a language survey of the 13 ethnolinguistic groups in Wuding County and, more specifically, discusses language use and identity in inter-ethnic households. Her research seeks to bridge the gaps between language documentation, sociolinguistics, and geography. Ultimately, Gao wants to provide useful materials for community members, NGOS, and other researchers working in central Yunnan. When not pursuing academic goals, she enjoys competitive outrigger paddling, watching sunsets, and eating yakitori.