Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Misa Maruyama
About Me

I earned my Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, which is led by faculty in communications, computer science, library and information sciences and information technology management.

For the past five years, I have worked as a a research assistant in the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Laboratory, where I have studied the use of social media for political deliberation. I have had the opportunity to pursue original, creative research questions through diverse methods, including field studies, laboratory experiments, social network analysis, sentiment analysis, think-aloud protocols and ethnographic techniques. Our overarching goal was to explore how social computing technologies and user appropriation of online tools integrate into civic and political life.

Before entering academia, I worked in journalism, most recently as TV reporter at KOB-TV in Albuquerque and KRCR-TV in Redding, California. I have also taught news reporting (JOUR300) and multimedia journalism (JOUR320) in the School of Communications at UH Mānoa. Most recently, in summer and fall of 2016, I co-taught a multi-platform media communications class called Conservation Impacts through Multimedia Storytelling in the College of Social Sciences (SOCS489-002) at UH Mānoa. Students from diverse disciplines told multi-platform stories from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. In this class, students learned to shoot, write and edit multimedia stories; they also launched their own social media campaign to engage Millennials.

I earned the highest possible marks on my Ph.D. cumulative exams and graduated with a 4.0 GPA, while juggling a research assistantship in the HICHI Laboratory, teaching undergraduates and writing grants for the STEMD2 Laboratory at UH Mānoa. I graduated magna cum laude with an M.S. in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and received my B.S. in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Media Studies at the University of San Diego, where I also earned magna cum laude honors.