Academic Portfolio

As a multi-ethnic woman (Mexican-Hawaiian-Chinese) and first generation scholar, Dr. Lani Cupchoy recognizes the barriers faced by women of color and other underserved populations in higher education and professionally. As a University educator with K-18 teaching experience since 1997, Dr. Cupchoy maintains a deep commitment to developing culturally relevant knowledges-pedagogies-practices and civic engagement that empowers communities stemming from innovative student-centered pedagogies, active-learning methods, and socially engaged projects. Grounded in community-based histories that have raised and nurtured her, Dr. Cupchoy seeks to continue improving equity and inclusion systems through teaching, scholarship, civic engagement and other creative works that deepens intellectual work and makes it accessible to broader audiences.

“The radical work of healing our communities remains central to civil rights activism and social justice struggles.” – Lani Cupchoy, Ph.D.

Lani Cupchoy, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. History – United States and World History – University of California at Irvine

  • M.A. History – Transnational Asia, Latin America and US – California State University at Los Angeles

  • B.A. History – Focus on Asian-American Studies and Chicanx Studies – University of California at Los Angeles

Areas of Specialization

Public History, US Transnational-Global History, History of the Americas, Chicanx Latinx Studies, Asian American-Pacific Island Studies, Indigenous knowledge, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Critical Food Studies, Oral History-Testimonios, Visual & Digital Storytelling, Civic Engagement

Academic Appointments

  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Intercollegiate Department of Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies – Pitzer College

  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Department of Education – Attallah College of Educational Studies – Chapman University

  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Intercollegiate Department of Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies & Department of History – Pomona College

  • Lecturer – Departments of History & Chicana(o)-Latina(o) Studies – California State University at Los Angeles

  • Lecturer – Department of History – University of California at Irvine


Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

“Breaking the University Myth: Deepening Student Engagement through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Creative Practice”

Co-authored.  Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal (University of Texas Press), Vol. 21, No. 2. 2018.

“Fragments of Memory: Tales of a Wahine Warrior”


Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2010: 35.

“The Chinese Womens’ Experience in Old Los Angeles (1880’s-1930’s)”

Gum Saan Journal.  Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, 2006.

Selected Public History Articles

“Decolonizing the Vaccine and the Rise of Holistic Healing”

Latino Rebels, April, 2020

“Love in a Time of the Coronavirus”

Latino Rebels, March, 2020

“Divine Feminine”

Journal of Pacific Horticulture, Volume 80, No. 2, July, 2019

Safe Zone Districts: A Call for Democratic Inclusivity in Our K-12 Public Schools”

Latino Rebels, December, 2016

“The Fifth-Graders Who Put Mexican Repatriation Back into History Books”

Yes!Magazine, August, 2016

“The Heart of a Hawaiian: We Are Mauna Kea” 

Honolulu Civil Beat, August, 2015

“Montebello Unified and the March of Ethnic Studies” (Co-author)

Pasadena Star News,  March, 2015

“Youth Fight Childhood Obesity and Diabetes”

Community Greening Review, Vol. 16, 2011: 8

“Not Just About UH Football: Bypass Road Threatens Hawaii’s Warrior Heritage”

Hawaii Island Journal (Honolulu Weekly)  Vol. 10, No. 1, (January 2008): 5