Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori is Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program. She holds a B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation focused on culturally responsive educational technologies. 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 LinkedIn 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

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