I am a Full Professor in the Library and Information Science Program, which is part of the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii.

My research is focused on international, interdisciplinary and comparative inquiry into censorship, intellectual freedom (access to information as a human right), literacy, identity, nationalism, the history of books and libraries, book burning and the destruction of libraries, and the link between extremism and cultural destruction.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Hawaii


  • 1995 
    Indiana University, Ph.D


  • 2012
    Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation, Scarecrow
  • 2006
    Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction, Praeger
  • 2003
    Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the 20th Century, Praeger