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Jennifer Kajiyama

Adjunct Assistant Professor II
Faculty of Business & Government


2008 – M.P.A. Brigham Young University
2007 – J.D. Brigham Young University
2002 – B.A. Brigham Young University-Hawaii


Jennifer Kajiyama Tinkham graduated from BYU–Hawaii as valedictorian in 2002, studying political science and Japanese. As an undergraduate, she worked in the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of the Senate, the Hawai'i Attorney General's Office, the Hawai'i State Supreme Court, and the Hawai'i State House of Representatives. Jennifer also served a mission in the Japan Nagoya Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon her return, she attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah, emphasizing in international law and alternative dispute resolutions. As a law student, Jennifer was editor-in-chief of BYU's International Law and Management Review Journal, and selected as a top oralist from the Western Region in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jennifer also completed a Master of Public Administration from the Marriott School of Management, specifying her studies in non-profit and human resources management. Jennifer is a licensed attorney and is also a certified court mediator, divorce mediator, and arbitrator. She has worked for several judges and law firms, working on cases ranging from business law to worker's compensation and most recently, family law. Jennifer is the Legal Studies Program director at BYU–Hawaii, professor for the legal studies classes, and serves as the Prelaw Society faculty advisor.

Courses Taught

  • POSC 101: Introduction to Political Science
  • POSC 330: Introduction to Public Management
  • POSC 331: Introduction to Public Policy
  • POSC 350: International Law
  • POSC 352: Business Law and Ethics
  • POSC 354: Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
  • POSC 356: International Legal Drafting and Transaction
  • POSC 358: Comparative Law
  • POSC 390R: Washington DC Practicum/Resume Writing/Professionalism
  • PMGT 499R: Public Management
  • BUSM 342: Business Law and Ethics
  • HTM 342: Hospitality and Tourism Law & Ethics
Political Science Program