Kathy E. Ferguson

Kathy E.
Ferguson

Professor & Chair,
Department of Political Science
Department of Women's Studies
College of Social Sciences

Kathy E. Ferguson of the Department of Political Science is internationally renowned as a scholar and political theorist whose teaching and scholarship has been built on highly refined analyses of language and power in historical and modern contexts. In her service to the community for the past twenty-five years, Dr. Ferguson has taken her study of language in a direction grounded in community-based multi-sensory language instruction in the service of dyslexia and literacy in Hawai’i. Initially seeking training in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and subsequently becoming certified, Dr. Ferguson has served on the Hawai’i International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors for seventeen years. In 2008, she researched and published A Resource Guide for People in Hawai’i, and in 2018 significantly revised and expanded it. A professional in the community has written, “The information in the Guide is quite simply not to found in any other single known publication, anywhere.” She is considered the premier tutor on O’ahu within the field of Tutoring and Academic Language Therapy, presented workshops to community groups, conferences, legislators and health care organizations, lobbied at the Legislature, appeared on local television, and developed several videos distributed to impact on public awareness of the challenges and successes locally as well as nationally. She is considered to be “the epicenter” for change in our local communities and the “go-to-person” nationally in the emerging field of Disability Politics. It is stirring to read testimony from family members and especially so in a letter signed by a child who identifies her tutoring by “Ms. Kathy” as life- altering. “I began to be tutored by dear Ms. Kathy when I was just five years old…eight years later, I am going to an incredible private school and testing in the 98 th percentile in language arts…I am only one of many children who have benefited from her wisdom, kindness, and love.” Professor Kathy E. Ferguson has met the highest criteria for the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service.


Department of Political Science

Department of Women's Studies