Dr David Tokiharu Mayeda


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Senior Lecturer


David received his BA in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine in 1996 and then moved on to attain his PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2005. Over the years he has conducted evaluation research on programs aiming to curb youth gang membership and juvenile delinquency in Hawai‘i. Before joining The University of Auckland, David conducted research at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and the State of Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General, and taught at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Research | Current

  • Māori and Pacific educational success
  • Teen dating violence prevention with ethnic minority communities
  • Masculinity studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sociology of sport

Moving to Aotearoa from Hawai'i in 2011, David has continued his research with indigenous and Pacific communities. In particular, David has begun working with Māori and diverse Pacific peoples in Auckland, exploring the key factors that encourage young people from those ethnic communities to succeed in higher education. David is also conducting mixed-methods, community-based research on intimate partner violence interventions, working in partnership with Asian, Middle-Eastern and African youth groups in Auckland. Finally, as a kind of side academic hobby, David continues occasional research on the sociology of sports, with a special interest in sporting violence and mixed martial arts.

David actively applies his research expertise, discussing current events in local and international media:

Postgraduate supervision

Current Doctoral Supervisions:

  • Mandisi Majavu, "A Comparative Exploration of the Resettlement Experiences of Black African Refugee Men Living in Australia and New Zealand" (second supervisor)
  • Mike Meyer, "Jacob Wrestles God: A Proposal for an Embodied Spirituality" (Theology, second supervisor)
  • Shinya Uekusa, "Social Vulnerability and Capital in Disasters: Immigrants, Refugees and Linguistic Minorities in the Post-Quake Recovery and Resilience in the Christchurch and Fukushima Contexts" (second supervisor)


2014 Faculty of Arts Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award Winner


School of Social Sciences Equity Liaison

Areas of expertise

Gender-based violence prevention with ethnic minority communities; indigenous student success in higher education; everyday colonialism and racism; sociology of sport; research methods

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 926
New Zealand

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