Todd Sammons

By Lyz Soto on December 16, 2020

Apparently, Todd H. Sammons really likes Hawaiʻi, coming here for a job as an assistant professor in the UH-Manoa English Department in 1980, and never leaving, except for sabbaticals, brief trips to the continent (his brother and sister still live in Indiana, where he grew up), and longer trips to see his wife in London (but not in 2020, unhappily). He was hired as a generalist (his Stanford Ph.D. is in English and Humanities), with interests ranging in time from classical rhetoric to modern science fiction, an important stop along the way being early modern (1500-1660) British literature (his dissertation was on Milton’s PARADISE LOST). A second-time HIHumanities Board member (his first two terms were in the ʻ90s) and inveterate Hawaiʻi History Day judge (essays!), he is delighted to contribute what he can to the important work that we all do with and for this wonderful group. He has served as a board member since 2016.