Fay Yokomizo AkindesAssociate Professor
Office Hours:Mon and Wed, 3:30-4:30 PM; Thur, 11:00 AM-noon; and (happliy) by appointment. Open-door policy - if my door is open, you're welcome to interrupt me.
Comm 108 / Media & Society - W 5 pm to 7:50 pm – Carts 123
Comm 463 / Gender, Race, & Class in Media – TR 9:30 am to 10:50 am – Carts 130
Ethn 201 / Introduction to Ethnic Studies (DV) – TR 2 pm to 3:20 pm – Molinaro 218
Comm 366 / Communication & Popular Music – MTWR 9 am to 11:40 pm –
Jan. 7 – Feb. 1, 2013 – Molinaro 149
Fay Yokomizo Akindes is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department. She formerly directed the Center for Ethnic Studies for eight years. Her teaching of media, cultural, and ethnic studies is informed by interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches and the belief that education should be critical and transformative.
Pivotal moments in her teaching work: 2005 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin, West Africa; 2004 Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award; 2003 NEH Summer Institute: Re-Imagining Indigenous Cultures in the Pacific Islands, the East-West Center, University of Hawaii-Manoa. She co-facilitated UW-Parkside’s Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum from 2007-’10.
Fay's research problematizes communication, culture and identity in Hawai'i, the United States, and West Africa. Her writing has appeared in Cutural Studies Critical Methodologies, Diegesis, Discourse, and Qualitative Inquiry, and a few book anthologies. Her doctoral dissertation, Hawaiian-Music Radio as Diasporic Habitus: A Rhizomatic Study of Power, Resistance, and Identity, was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Dissertation by the National Communication Association's International and Intercultural Communication Division.
Prior to graduate school, she was marketing/promotion director at KPBS-FM (San Diego's public radio station), and promotion/public relations specialist at KGMB-TV (CBS) and KHET (PBS) in Honolulu. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication and an M.A. in telecommunication management from Ohio University-Athens and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. A sansei/yonsei, she was born, raised and public-schooled on Molokai, the least touristy island in Hawaii.