Denise Konan, PhD

Denise Konan, PhD

Dean, College of Social Sciences
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Message from the Dean

One of the College's greatest achievements is our dedicated effort to redefine how we engage students and provide them with opportunities to transform into global citizens. Our innovative programming allows students to experience a dynamic learning environment in classrooms integrated with peers from across the United States and the world, giving them access to a more global perspective—both nationally and internationally. This culturally diverse experience enables students to learn more about themselves and connect with others, transforming them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, stand out, speak up, defend and question.

A few examples of how the College has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our students and the broader community include:

At the College of Social Sciences, we empower students to explore their interests, discover what they excel in and learn how to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom. We are inspired by our students … by the potential of who they can be and who they will be. They will change the way policies are made. They will influence the way communities are developed. They will help others stand up for their rights. They will uncover the next big story. We take great pride in being a part of their lives and their stories.

About the Dean

Dr. Denise Eby Konan is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). As Dean, she provides leadership to twelve academic departments that deliver nearly a fifth of the degrees offered on campus. A destination of choice for students who want to affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and study in a multi-cultural and global environment, the college provides a culturally diverse experience that transforms students into bold, engaged global citizens, who operate and succeed in a multi-cultural context.

A noted international trade economist, Konan has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arab League, and governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Hawai'i and publishes on issues of regional economic integration, trade in services, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and energy.

Dr. Konan is a Research Fellow at the University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) and founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program. She was the Senior Advisor on APEC 2011 for the University of Hawai'i System. Konan also serves as the academic lead for the university's Daniel K. Inouye (DKI) Democratic Leadership Program. The DKI Program advances public awareness of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs – particularly for K-12, lectures and other civic engagement efforts.

An award winning teacher, Dean Konan is a Leadership Fellow with Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) under which Hawai'i was recognized as a SENCER Model State in 2015.

Dr. Konan served for two years as the Interim Chancellor and for three years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of UHM. She received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College and her doctorate from the University of Colorado.

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