Richard L. Rapson is Professor of History at the University of Hawaii. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D from Columbia University. Previous to coming to Hawaii, he taught at Amherst, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has written a dozen books of history and has co-authored three works of multidisciplinary scholarship with his wife, Elaine Hatfield. He has also co-authored with her six novels and was co-psychotherapist from 1982 to 1997. The Danforth Foundation honored him as one of the nation’s best teachers.