College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Below is a list of faculty at the college. If you are looking for someone in another school or college try the campus directory.
Professor of Sociology
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kirk Johnson was raised for most of his childhood in the mountains of Western India where he attended an International Baha’i School with students from over 34 different countries. He returned to the United States for University at the age of 17 and found himself drawn to the social sciences. After earning two Master’s degrees from Ohio University, one in sociology and one in International Development, and later his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the field of Sociology, he moved to the polar opposite side of the world where he now lives and works at the University of Guam. He has lived on the island since 1998 and in addition to teaching in the sociology program, has served as Director of the Bali Field School since 2004. Traveling to Bali with students and scholars each year has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his job, allowing him the opportunity to connect with others in ways that a classroom setting makes difficult.
Kirk’s areas of research and academic interest include development and social change, globalization, mass media, culture, religion and education, human ecology and sustainability. Kirk is also very involved in capacity building and community development activities throughout the Pacific working closely grassroots efforts to empower and build capacity among individuals, families and entire villages to transform themselves both materially and spiritually. To learn more about the Bali Field School, Sociology and the University of Guam, or the many service and development projects on Guam and throughout the Pacific please write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below to find out more about the Bali Field School, an annual course that is held each year over spring break.
This Documentary has been screen at three International Academic Conferences as well as in Bali, Indonesia.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Yoshito Kawabata is an associate professor with a background in developmental psychology. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Yoshi’s research interest focuses on interpersonal relationships and psychopathology and the roles of contextual factors such as schools, neighborhoods, and cultures on these domains.
He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors that may influence developmental processes involving parenting, peer relationships, and forms of psychopathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, and aggression) with a cross-cultural and ethnically diverse sample. In another line of research, Yoshi uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analyzes how and why children and adolescents accept or reject intergroup contact or cross-ethnic friendships.
He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students with their thesis and provided considerable support for research and writing. He has enjoyed these mentoring experiences and is excited to work with students at University of Guam.
2009 Ph.D. in Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
2002 M.A. in Psychology, University of Oregon
Assistant Professor of Art
Communication and Fine Arts Division
Irena gained BA in art education and printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (2000). I earned MFA in printmaking at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2005), and PhD in Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, NZ (2015). Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at nineteen independent and numerous group exhibitions, including the Tallinn Triennial of Drawing (2012), Kyoto Art Festival (2012, 2014), the 2nd International Mokuhanga Exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts (2014), and at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri (2014/2015). Irena exhibited in Croatia, Japan, Korea, USA, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand. She presented at Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee (2013) the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference in Tokyo (2014), the 4th International Printmaking Workshop and Symposium at Elam (2015), and Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Irena is an Assistant Professor of Art at University of Guam.
2015 PhD Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2005 MFA Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2000 BA Art Education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Assistant Professor, Geography
Pacific Islands Climate Science Coordinator, Center for Island Sustainability
Associate Professor, Geography