Basic Information


Noah Keone VIERNES


Associate Professor



E-Mail Address

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Research Field

Social Movements, Political Theory, Transnational Studies, Visual Culture, Thai Studies, Southeast Asian Studies

Recent Activities

I joined the AIU's Global Studies faculty in the Fall of 2013 and oversee the development and completion of Senior-level capstone writing projects. I have also developed new courses, such as Social Movements, Visual Politics, Introduction to Political Thought and Politics and Society in Southeast Asia, which are closely aligned with my current writing projects. Each of these courses emphasizes the ubiquitous role of media and the creative potential for participating in social change. My recent work addresses the aesthetics of protest, contemporary Thai cinema and art, and the intersection of political expression and border subjectivity along Thailand's souther border. I also write about and participate in sound culture as it relates to the amplification of political voice, and documentary film-making in Hawai'i.

Message to Students

My approach to teaching is inspired by a) the ways events beyond the classroom trigger theories and methodologies of social, cultural, and political world(s) and b) the question of how the "political" is triggered in our everyday lives. As an educator, I would like to anticipate the varieties of global experience in order to engage the possibilities of global change.

Degree Earned 【 display / non-display

  • PhD , Political Science, University of Hawai`i at Månoa, 2012/05

  • MA, Political Science, Roosevelt University, 2005/05

  • BA, Political Science, Political Science, Indiana University, 1999/12

Professional Career On-Campus 【 display / non-display

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Ryoiki), Associate Professor, 2021/04 -

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Associate Professor, 2018/04 - 2021/03

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Assistant Professor, 2013/09 - 2018/03

External Career 【 display / non-display

  • University of Hawai`i, Hilo Department of Political Science, Full-time Instructor, 2012/04 - 2013/03

  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa Department of Political Science, Part-time Instructor, 2006/04 - 2012/03

  • Roosevelt University Department of Public Policy, Research Assistant, 2004/04 - 2005/03

  • Roosevelt University Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Research Assistant, 2003/04 - 2004/03

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • Association of Asian Studies, 1900/04 - , JAPAN

  • International Studies Association, 1900/04 - , JAPAN

  • Thai Writer-Translator Directory, 1900/04 - , JAPAN

Field of Expertise 【 display / non-display

  • Aesthetics and studies on art

  • Politics


Academic Papers 【 display / non-display

  • In Dark Times: Poetic Dissonance in the Thai-Malay Borderlands, Asian Sound Cultures: Voice, Noise, Sound, Technology (p.40 - 58) , 2022/08, Iris Haukamp, Christin Hoene, Martyn Smith

    DOI:10.4324/9781003143772, Research paper (scientific journal), Multiple Authorship, English

  • State Monstrosity and the Political Resonance of Dissident Cinema, Pelikula, vol.6 (p.19 - 26) , 2021/12, Noah Keone Viernes

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • Restricted Vision: Censorship and Cinematic Resistance in Thailand, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies , vol.52 (4) (p.634 - 657) , 2021/12, Noah Keone Viernes

    DOI:, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • Drones, Cinema and other Protest Cameras in Thailand, The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication (p.171 - 190) , 2019/11, Noah Viernes (Edited by Aidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, and Umut Korkut)

    Research paper (scientific journal), Multiple Authorship, English

  • Unresolved Subjects in the Cinema of Statelessness, Review of Human Rights, vol.5 (1) (p.1 - 17) , 2019/10, Noah Viernes

    DOI:10.35994/rhr.v5i1.90, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • Asian Sound Cultures: Voice, Noise, Sound, Technology, Routledge Press, 2022/08, Noah Keone Viernes

    Scholarly Book, Multiple Authorship , English

  • Readings for Academic Writing, AIU Press, 2016, Clay Williams, Rachael Ruegg, Naoko Araki, Mary Frances Agnello, Paul Chamness Miller, LIndsay DeWitt

    Textbook, Multiple Authorship , English

Other Research Activities 【 display / non-display

  • Sound design for "Ramadan Nights", 2022/01 - 2022/02

    Book Review

Other External Funds Procured 【 display / non-display

  • North Beach - West Maui Benefit Fund Inc.,2022/10 - 2023/03,Sovereign: Kuleana Land in Kauaula Valley, Maui

    Sovereignty is the power of the decision in the context of the law. But self-determination is only a small part of how the elements fuse together. As Mauna Loa erupts, the lava flows, and rent rises, taro farmers in Kauaula Valley, Maui build a movement to safeguard their claims to ancestral lands. This research creates a visual record to elucidate the legal, historical, and social dynamics that keep this community intact.

    Private Foundations

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • 13th International Conference on Thai Studies, International Conference, 2017/07, Oral Presentation (general)


On-Campus Classes/Subjects In Charge of 【 display / non-display

  • 2024, Spring, GSP493-3_S, Seminar in Transnational Studies

  • 2024, Spring, CPS490-4_S, Capstone Seminar: AILA IV

  • 2024, Spring, PLS385-1_S, Social Movements

  • 2024, Spring, PLS367-1_S, Politics and Society in Southeast Asia