Assistant Professor, Sociology
UC Box: A165
Office: Carnegie 201
PhD in Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI in 2011.
Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI in 2009.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR in 2003.
Areas of Research
My research is situated in the study of race, ethnic identity, and racial and ethnic relations. Employing critical race theory and grounded theory methodologies my research examines Filipino ethnic identity development in Hawaii. Many individuals in Hawaii grow up being ashamed or embarrassed about their Filipino heritage. My research focuses on how this sense of shame is shaped by the social structures of Hawaii and how individuals eventually assert a Filipino identity in this context. While this is the main focus of my research I have also done work on racial and ethnic relations on college campuses, the construction of masculinity, and innovative teaching methods that engage students in the classroom.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2014. “From Ethnic Shame to Filipino Role Model: Ethnic Identity Development After Asserting a Filipino Identity. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.
Eisen, Daniel B. “The Distorted Looking Glass: Struggles with the Racialized Self and a Filipi(NO) Identity. Invited Lecture for Honolulu Community College Social Science Speaker Series, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Eisen, Daniel B. and Jane H. Yamashiro. 2013. “Local Identity as Navigational Capital: Forgoing an Ethnic Identity to Navigate Racial Hierarchies in Hawaii.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.
Eisen, Daniel B., Roderick Labrador, and Fumiko Takasugi. 2013. “Is it Really Just a Joke?: Engaging Students in Critical Examination of Ethnic Humor.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada.
Eisen, Daniel B., Kelly Stevens, Kaeli D. Laxson, Eric Gietzen, and Sean Dalton. 2013. “Becoming “Hawaiian” on Mainland College Campuses: Labeling, Essentialism, and the Search for Safe Spaces.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada.
Eisen, Daniel B., Charlotte Basch, Catherine Prechtel, and Ben Sanderlin. 2013. “White Privilege on Campus: Feelings of Exclusivity, Discourses of Privilege, and Constructing Racial Boundaries.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada.
Eisen, Daniel B., Arlie Tagayuna, and Kara Takasaki. 2012. “I’m Filipino!: The Role of Education in the Adoption of a Filipino Ethnic Identity.” American Sociological
Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
Eisen, Daniel B., Arlie Tagayuna, and Kara Takasaki. 2012. “What Does it Mean to be
Filipino?: Choosing a Side and Developing a Filipino Identity.” Filipino American Historical Society Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Eisen, Daniel B., Dawn Salgado, and Alyson Burns-Glover. 2012. “Factors Affecting a Student’s Overall Satisfaction with a University: The Intersections of Ethnic Identity, Collective Self-Esteem, and Perceived Racial and Ethnic Tensions on Campus.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2012. “Being Filipino: Experiences with Microaggressions and the Presence of a Colonial Mentality.” Hawaii Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2011. “Sociology in a Photograph: Developing the Sociological Imagination and Creating Critical Thinkers.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2010. “Using Narratives to Construct and Convey Public and Private Frames.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California.
Select Publications/Publications in Progress
Eisen, Daniel B. (Forthcoming, 2014). “Identity Formation” Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2014. “Diversity is More than a Pie Chart.” Fil-Am Courier, Honolulu, HI.
Eisen, Daniel B. 2012. “Developing a Critical Lens: Using Photography to Teach Sociology and Create Critical Thinkers.” Teaching Sociology 40(4): 349-59.
Eisen, Daniel B. “Constructing “Hawaiian,” Post-Racial Narratives, and Social Boundaries at a Predominantly White University.”
Eisen, Daniel B. and Kara Takasaki. “Behind the Scenes of Hawaii’s “Racial Paradise:” A Counternarrative of the Filipino Experience.”
At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.
Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 208 Race:Inequality and Identity
SOC 300 Introduction to Social Research
SOC308 Racism and Ethnicity in Hawaii
SOC342 Consumer Society
SOC 360 Critical Race Theory