Featured Speakers: 2017 LLL Research Award Recipients

Cristina Bacchilega

Cristina Bacchilega is a professor in the Department of English where she teaches folklore and literature, fairy tales and their adaptations, and cultural studies. Both a Guggenheim and a Fulbright fellow, she has lectured widely and received numerous awards, including the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

A prolific writer, Bacchilega has an impressive list of publications, including: Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies; Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place; and Fairy Tales Transformed? Twenty-First Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder. She co-edited “Sustaining Hawaiian Sovereignty,” a special issue of Anglistica. Bacchilega’s most recent works appear in publications such as The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition, Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World, and The Cambridge Companion to the Fairy Tale. She is also the co-editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.


Victoria Chen

Victoria Chen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics. Her dissertation, A reexamination of the Philippine-type voice system and its implications for Austronesian primary-level subgrouping, investigates the comparative grammar of indigenous languages spoken in Taiwan, which provides new evidence for the classification of higher-order Austronesian languages. After her dissertation, Chen wants to document the morphosyntax of endangered languages, and explore how similarities and differences in the grammar of closely related languages contribute to their linguistic history and the theory of Universal Grammar. Besides linguistics, Chen likes coffee, music, and animals!


Mary Shin Kim

Mary Shin Kim is an associate professor of Korean linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, where she teaches Korean conversation analysis, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Her research focuses on investigating the intricate relationship between language and social interaction observed in everyday and institutional settings. She has published on evidentiality, question and answer sequences, repair organization, reported speech, stance, and self-presentation. Her research appears in Discourse Processes, Discourse Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Pragmatics and Society, Research on Language and Social Interaction, and Text and Talk, among other places. She currently serves on editorial boards of three refereed journals. Previously, she taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California at Los Angeles.


Gavin Lamb

Gavin Lamb is a PhD candidate in the Department of Second Language Studies whose research interests examine multilingual practices at the nexus of language, society and the environment. Lamb’s dissertation research explores the linguistic and social practices that emerge in the intersecting contexts of wildlife conservation and nature-based tourism in Hawai‘i around one charismatic ‘flagship species,’ the Hawaiian green sea turtle.  His research seeks to bridge sociocultural linguistics with emerging interdisciplinary research on human-environment relations in the social sciences and humanities. This research addresses the intertwined social and ecological challenges posed by the environmental crisis, from climate change to species extinction, and the diverse cultural responses to its consequences. His dissertation research is supported through the Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship.


Michael Pak

Michael Pak is a PhD candidate in the English department. His dissertation, titled “Embracing the Absurdity of Failure: Reimagining Failure in Composition Studies,” urges educators to embrace a nuanced understanding of failure in their own pedagogical approaches. Pak’s research interests include popular culture, ethnic American literatures, and composition pedagogy. His work has been published in the anthology Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus, as well as academic journals Amerasia and Composition Forum. He was privileged to serve as the assistant director of the Writing Center at UH Mānoa from 2014-16.