Richard Rapson

Professor of History, University of Hawaii



Department of History

University of Hawaii

2530 Dole Street

Honolulu, HI 96822

Office: (808) 956-6801
FAX: (808) 965-9600

     Richard L. Rapson (B.A. Amherst, Ph.D. Columbia) is Professor of History at the University of Hawaii and was Founder and Director of New College. He came to Hawaii in 1966 after teaching many years at Amherst and Stanford University. He has written a dozen books dealing with American history and culture.  His last three multidisciplinary books have been done in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Hatfield, Professor of Psychology at U.H. Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History was published in 1992 by HarperCollins.  Cambridge University Press published their study of Emotional Contagion in 1994.   Love and Sex: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Allyn & Bacon) appeared in 1996.  In Year 2000, they co-authored their first work of fiction, Rosie (Sterling House).
     Four other collaborative novels followed between 2001 and 2005: Recovered Memories and Darwin's Law, and two murder mysteries: Deadly Wager and Vengeance Is Mine.  His solo "memoir of ideas," Amazed By Life: Confessions of a Non-Religious Believer was published in 2004. His latest book is Magical Thinking and the Decline of America (2007).

   He has been a T.V. moderator and, among many honors, has been named one of the nation's best teachers by the Danforth Foundation. Stanford University's Class of 1967, at their 25th Reunion in November 1992, also honored him for his teaching. In addition, he was a psychotherapist for 15 years, beginning in 1982.


Last revised November 16, 2007