Joseph H. Campos II, Ph.D.


Associate Graduate Faculty

Departments of Political Science,

Honors,and Peace Institue

University of Hawai`i, Manoa




I completed my Ph.D. in spring 2005.  In addition to my administrative duties at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, I have been serving as an affiliate faculty member of the Departments of Political Science, Honors Program, and Peace Institute.

In August 2007 I published The State and Terrorism: National Security Discourse and the Miobalization of Power with Ashgate Publishing.  This manuscript focused on the role of national security discourse exposing the ways in which the state addresses acts of terrorism.

I am interested in state’s discursive maneuvers that are used to inscribe and prescribe specific agency to issues and events.  The story of the state is wrought with suppression of alternative modes of expression.  In this suppression the state constitutes a realm of security that appropriates and manipulates a variety of issues, including terrorism.  In doing so, the state constructs imagined states of relevance that are the convergence of knowledges, powers, histories, institutions, and agents.  It is in the convergence of these categories that a practice of statecraft is revealed.  Once constructed, an issue’s relevance is consistently articulated and re-articulated, produced and re-produced for the consumption of the citizenry.