For information about the contributors to the dialogue section on nuclear testing, see the dialogue introduction, pages 336-338.
David Chappell is associate professor of Pacific Islands history at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. For the past decade, he has been focusing his studies on the French Pacific territories, especially Kanaky New Caledonia. In 2003 Dr Chappell gave a talk at the University of French Polynesia and renewed his contacts there.
Cara Cilano is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she teaches courses in postcolonial studies and women's literature. Since completing her PhD at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2000, her work has focused on literatures from the Indian subcontinent and the overlap between postcolonial and Native American studies. Dr Cilano's current projects include examining emerging postcolonial and indigenous women writers' experiences with the publishing industry and tracing the historiographical underpinnings of memoirs by women writers from Hawai'i.
Lisa Kahaleole Hall is a visiting assistant professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She holds a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr Hall is currently working on a manuscript exploring the erasure of indigeneity in general, and Hawaiians in particular, in scholarship on comparative racialization in the United States.
Elise Huffer is acting director of the Pacific Studies Program at the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. In 1991, she completed a PhD in international relations at the Université d'Aix-Marseille, France, on the foreign policies of Fiji, Tonga, and Vanuatu, under the supervision of Joël Bonnemaison. Her research interests are politics and governance in the Pacific, with a current focus on Pacific political philosophy and ethics.
Anita Jowitt is a lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific (USP), and has been based in Port Vila, Vanuatu, since 1997. Her research interests include law, politics, and governance; labor market issues; and HIV. She is currently completing her PhD at USP on the use of employment contract law by employers in Port Vila. [End Page 517]
Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, formerly a lecturer in history and political science at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, is now a research fellow at the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program, in Honolulu. Born in Haimarao, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, he is a leading expert on Solomon Islands and was chief negotiator for Guadalcanal Province and the Isatabu Freedom Movement at the Solomon Islands Peace Conference in 2000. With a PhD in political science and international relations from the Australian National University, Dr Kabutaulaka has written extensively on political development and the peace process in Solomon Islands as well as on rural development and forestry.
Asofou So'o is currently the director of the Institute of Samoan Studies of the National University of Sāmoa, where he is also the professor of Samoan Studies. In 1996, he completed a PhD in political science at the Australian National University; his thesis employed a historical perspective to discuss the tension between democratic and Samoan indigenous institutions since Sāmoa's independence in 1962. Dr So'o, who has published widely on issues relating to Samoan politics, history, and culture, is currently compiling a book on changes in Sāmoa's chiefly system over the last fifty years, as well as leading a team of local writers who are putting together Sāmoa's first Human Development Report, funded by the United Nations Development Program.
Jaap Timmer is a research fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project at the Australian National University, and in the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) where he completed his PhD dissertation on the Imyan of Irian Jaya in 2000. He has a broad regional interest in Southeast Asia and the southwest Pacific, with particular emphasis on eastern Indonesia and Melanesia. His anthropological research in Indonesian Papua focuses on issues of identity, violence, religiosity, millenarianism, and culture as a system that is continuously modified.
Karin Von Strokirch is a senior lecturer in...