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Susan Hippensteele, Ph.D., J.D.
Faculty
Office Location: Saunders 722B
Phone Number: 956-6928
Fax Number: 956-9616
Email: hippenst@hawaii.edu

Background:

Susan Hippensteele is a Professor of Women's Studies with a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law and a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She is a licensed attorney.

In 1992 Hippensteele was hired as the first victims' advocate at UHM. From 1992-2000 she worked with more than 800 students and employees with claims of race, sex and sexual orientation harassment and discrimination on campus, and conducted extensive research on campus ethnoviolence throughout the University of Hawai'i system.

In 2000 Hippensteele joined the Women's Studies faculty and in 2003 she co-founded the Hawai'i Women's Law Center, located in the Chinatown District of Honolulu, where she practiced public interest law in the areas of employment and family law until 2006.

Teaching:

Hippensteele teaches courses that address psychology, gender, race, power, social justice, and law, including: Women and Madness; Psychology of Gender; Gender, Justice and Law; Sexualities; and, Gender and Violence: Transnational Feminist Analyses.

Course Syllabi:

    Spring 2013WS 150 - Street Science: Analyzing and Applying Evidence in Daily Life View Syllabus
  • WS 436 - Gender Justice and Law View Syllabus
    Fall 2012WS SOCS 150 - Street Science: Analyzing and Applying Evidence in Daily Life View Syllabus
  • WS 434 - Women and Madness View Syllabus
    Spring 2012WS 436 - Gender, Justice and Law View Syllabus
  • WS SOCS 150 - Street Science: Analyzing and Applying Evidence in Daily Life View Syllabus

Advising:

Hippensteele works with undergraduate and graduate students who wish to apply theoretical models to understanding socio-political behavior of individuals or organizations in community settings.

Research:

Decision-making heuristics; mediation theory and application; feminist coalition building among academic and community groups; gender violence response and prevention; accommodating long-term psychiatric disabilities.

Current research projects involve assessing critical thinking skill acquisition among Manoa undergraduate students, exploring factors that influence faculty career trajectories in STEM, and workplace diversity.

Honors / Awards:

Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community (2005)
Description: The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Manoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community.

Named by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of "20 For The Next 20." (2013)

 

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