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 has also conducted 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:

  • Sinchana Appachoo, "Higher, faster, stronger: the body in contemporary high-performance sport" (Gender Studies, primary supervisor)
  • Leal Rodriguez, "And what of the men?: interrogating masculinities' construction in Philippine universities" (Sociology, primary supervisor)
  • Andrew Peteru, "Understanding Samoan discourses on violence" (Sociology, primary supervisor)
  • Shafiqul Islam, "Gender, motherhood and labor-market inequality in Bangladesh" (Sociology, primary supervisor)
  • Valentine Ibeka, "Education, migration and development: a comparative study of educational migrations to New Zealand and Denmark" (Environment, secondary supervisor)
  • Anisha Sankar, "The spacio-temporal logic of race" (Sociology, secondary supervisor)
  • Angela Rapson, "How do parents successfully navigate economic security in their intimate partnership?" (Population Health, secondary supervisor)
  • Mike Meyer, "Jacob Wrestles God: A Proposal for an Embodied Spirituality" (Theology, secondary supervisor)
  • Anna Majavu, "Media representations of Africans in Aotearoa New Zealand" (Media & Communications, secondary supervisor)


2014 Faculty of Arts Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

2019 Faculty of Arts Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award Winner


Disciplinary Area of Sociology Equity Representative

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)

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  • Mayeda, D. T., Cho, S. R., & Vijaykumar, R. (2019). Honor-based violence and coercive control among Asian youth in Auckland, New Zealand. Asian Journal of Women's Studies, 25 (2), 159-179. 10.1080/12259276.2019.1611010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48259
  • Mayeda, D. T., Vijaykumar, R., & Chesney-Lind, M. (2018). Constructions of honor-based violence: Gender, context and orientalism. The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South (pp. 947-967). 10.1007/978-3-319-65021-0_46
  • Mayeda, D. T., & Vijaykumar, R. (2016). A review of the literature on honor-based violence. Sociology Compass, 10 (5), 353-363. 10.1111/soc4.12367
  • Mayeda, D. T., & Vijaykumar, R. (2015). Intersections of culture, migration and intimate partner violence as told by migrant youth. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 4, 208-219. 10.6000/1929-4409.2015.04.21
  • Mayeda, D. T., 'Ofamo'oni IFH, Dutton, H. D., Keil, M., & Lauaki-Vea, E. (2014). Māori and Pacific student experiences with every-day colonialism and racism. Social Space, 8 (2), 115-139.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Moeata Keil
  • Mayeda, D. T., Keil, M., Dutton, H. D., & 'Ofamo'oni IFH (2014). “You’ve gotta set a precedent”: Māori and Pacific voices on student success in higher education. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 10 (2), 165-179. Related URL.
  • Mayeda, D. T., & Pasko, L. (2012). Youth violence and hegemonic masculinity among Pacific Islander and Asian American adolescents. Critical Criminology, 20, 121-139. 10.1007/s10612-011-9132-1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12942
  • Pasko, L., & Mayeda, D. T. (2011). Pathways and Predictors of Juvenile Justice Involvement for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Youths: A Focus on Gender. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work: innovations in theory, research and practice, 20 (2), 114-130. 10.1080/15313204.2011.570120
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12944


Contact details

Primary office location

58 SYMONDS ST - Bldg 435
Level 6, Room 604
New Zealand

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