Daniel B. Eisen was born an raised in Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i. After moving to Oregon to earn his BA in Sociology from Pacific University, he returned to Hawai‘i to earn his MA and PhD in Sociology at The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific University in Forest Grove. His research is rooted in critical race theory and examines race and ethnic relations and identity construction in Hawai‘i. More specifically his research focuses on how Filipinos negotiate a Filipino identity in Hawai‘i at the intersections of race, class, and localness.