Keali'i Troy Kukahiko

LaCorte Hall B-313
(310) 243-1029

Areas of Expertise

Higher Education, Critical Civic Engagement, Online Testing.

Professional Background

Kealiʻi Troy Kukahiko was awarded a Ph.D. from UCLA's department of Higher Education and Organizational Change. He focuses his research on programs in higher education that will improve the transition, persistence and degree attainment for students of Color. Specifically, Keali‘i investigated the college experience of Pasifika college football players, and the ability of critical service learning courses in developing critical consciousness and healing from trauma. Publications in these areas include Racial Diversity Deficit in College Football: Fixing the Pipeline, Maximizing Educational Opportunities for Pacific Islanders in College Football, Assessing the Development of an Emerging Critical Consciousness through Service Learning, and Realizing a Critical Framework for Service-Learning at an American Public Research University. Keali‘i is a member of the AIGA Foundation, founded the Pacific Islander Education and Retention (PIER) program at UCLA in 1998, and Prodigy Athletes in 2005.


M.A./Ph.D., UCLA

International Experience

Visiting Scholar at Australian National University and University of Auckland