Neghin Modavi, PhD

Neghin Modavi is a full professor in the Social Sciences Department at the University of Hawai‘i – Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC). She has 23 years of teaching experience.


Modavi received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1992 from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She holds a BA in psychology and an MA in Communication.


Neghin Modavi’s doctoral dissertation and subsequent publications focused on indigenous rights and environmental land disputes in Hawai‘i. Her current areas of teaching specialization are social gerontology and food systems.


Modavi developed and has been teaching a multi-disciplinary social science course, Society and Food (SSCI 260), at KCC. The course explores culture, psychology, and political economy of food production and consumption patterns within historical and global perspectives. The course also has a strong emphasis on social and environmental sustainability issues.


Neghin Modavi is passionate about socio-cultural aspects of food and is excited to be teaching TIM 102 – Food and World Cultures at UH Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management.


Contact Information

Neghin Modavi, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Social Sciences Department
Kapi'olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-9184