Ellen T. Meiser

Ellen recently completed a PhD in sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She researches how people in creative industries (like the culinary industry) perceive success, averageness, and failure. Ellen learned everything she knows about audio production from her many years DJing on KTUH 90.1FM– UH Manoa’s very own radio station–and around Honolulu. When she’s not working on The Social Breakdown or staring like a zombie into her computer screen, Ellen rides bikes, hangs out with her pups Banjo and Gertrude Stein, and cooks.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Social Psychology, Emotions, the Culinary Industry, Public Sociology, Cultural Capital and Criminology


  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree – Sociology, Spring 2021, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Masters of Arts in Asian Studies – China Studies, 2014, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management, 2011, University of Alaska Anchorage

Check out Ellen’s CV here!