Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori is Acting Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program. Prior to this, she was a Scholarship Program Specialist in the East-West Center’s Education Program, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor of Education at Chaminade University; Outreach Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UHM; and Associate Professor of Information Technology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology at Kapiʻolani Community College.
A native Chamoru of Guåhan (Guam), she is a community organizer and advocate for Pacific islanders in Hawaiʻi, co-organizer of cultural events such as the Annual Cultural Animation Film Festival, the Annual Celebrate Micronesia Festival, Micronesian Women’s Summit, and Oceania on the Reel, and teacher/mentor of students in Pacific Studies, Learning Design & Technology, and the UHM & San Francisco State University Educational Doctorate programs which are part of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate. She is Affiliate Graduate Faculty of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the USC Rossier School of Education. Dr. Hattori is also an author, poet, public speaker, and philanthropist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
- EdD, Professional Educational Practice, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2014
- MEd, Educational Technology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1993
- Professional Diploma, Secondary Education (Social Studies), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1989
- BEd with distinction, Secondary Social Studies (Pacific Islands History), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1989
- We Are Art, The Value of Hawai’i 3: Hulihia, The Turning, University of Hawaiʻi Press and the Center for Biographical Research, 31 October 2020
- “Fuetsan Famalåo‘an: An Anthem to Women,” Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought, Spring 2019
- “Kantan Tåsi (Song of the Sea),” Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, A Room of Her Own Foundation, accepted for publication in 2019
- “Fino’ Gualaffon (Moonlight Talk),” Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia, UH Press, April 2019.
- “Self Portrait of a Dinga’,” Kinalamten Gi Pasifiku Anthology, Festival of Pacific Arts Literary Council, Guam, 2018
- Stories of Native Educators in Hawai‘i Navigating Their EdD Journeys, Co-author. Exploring the Impact of the Dissertation in Practice, Edited by Valerie A. Storey, Information Age Publishing, North Carolina, 2017
- “i piluña,” Local Voices: An Anthology, 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, Guam 2016
- “Culturally Sustaining Leadership: A Pacific Islander’s Perspective.” Education Sciences 2016, 6(1), 4; doi:10.3390/educsci6010004
- Guam, Mariana Islands, Co-author. Resistance in Paradise: Rethinking 100 Years of U.S. Involvement in the Caribbean and the Pacific, Edited by Deborah Wei and Rachel Kamel, American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, PA.; Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Curriculum Support,1998.