Debra Arellano

Debra Andres Arellano

B.A. Political Science & Ethnic Studies, UH Manoa; M.A. Public Anthropology, American University

Born on Maui and raised in Lahaina. Her parents come from Marcos, Ilocos Norte and San Fernando, La Union. She has worked in student support services at UH Maui College and Honolulu Community College and have also instructed courses in Ilokano language and Philippine literature. Her dissertation research is on exploring a nakem feminist theory to help better understand educational experiences and address issues in education for Ilokano students in Hawaiʻi. Her research interests include Ilokano language and cultural revitalization peminism theory, and the nakem movement.