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.
Alumita L Durutalo is a lecturer in politics and international affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Law, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva. Her research interests center on political representations and leadership in the Pacific, and institutional means of conflict resolution in Melanesia.
Ilana Gershon is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. She has edited two special journal issues: The Symbolic Capital of Ignorance (Social Analysis 44 ) in 2000, and Reflexivity in Others' Contexts (Ethnos 71 ) in 2006. Her research compares Samoan migrant families' experiences of ethnoscapes in New Zealand and the United States.
Shahar Hameiri is a postgraduate researcher with the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia. His current research interests include global political economy, intervention and state building, state failure, the politics of aid and development, Solomon Islands politics and governance, and Australian foreign policy. He has written extensively in Australian newspapers on issues pertaining to the RAMSI intervention in Solomon Islands and Australian overseas aid policy.
Margaret Jolly is professor and head of the Gender Relations Centre in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Canberra. She has written extensively on gender and sexuality in the Pacific. Her books include Women of the Place: Kastom, Colonialism and Gender in Vanuatu (1994); and edited volumes Sites of Desire, Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities in Asia and the Pacific (1997) with Lenore Manderson; Maternities and Modernities: Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences in Asia and the Pacific (1998) with Kalpana Ram; and Birthing in the Pacific: Beyond Tradition and Modernity? (2002) with Vicki Lukere.
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 corruption matters. She is currently completing her PhD at USP on the use of employment contract law by employers in Port Vila. [End Page 663]
Louisa Kabutaulaka is a mother with a keen interest in the developments in Solomon Islands. She is a Solomon Islander, but now lives in Honolulu with her family.
Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka is a research fellow at the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program, in Honolulu, Hawai'i. With a PhD in political science and international relations from the Australian National University, Dr Kabutaulaka has written extensively on political development and the social unrest in Solomon Islands, as well as on rural development and forestry. He comes from the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.
Yuko Otsuka is an assistant professor in linguistics at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa; in 1990-1992, she taught at Vava'u High School in Tonga as a member of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers under the scheme of Japan International Cooperation Agency. In 2000, she received her DPhil in Linguistics from the University of Oxford based on a syntactic analysis of Tongan, and in particular, its ergative case system. Her primary research interests are syntactic theory, Tongan and other Polynesian languages, and language maintenance in Polynesia.
Karin Von Strokirch has a doctorate from La Trobe University and is a senior lecturer at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. She teaches Australian foreign policy, global security, and Pacific Islands politics. Her research focuses on regional trends relating to politics, security, and the environment in the Pacific Islands, as well as global nuclear nonproliferation.
Heather E Young Leslie (PhD 1999, York University) is a faculty member in the department of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. She has been an ethnographer of Tongan traditions, maternal-child health practices, ecography, medicine, and modernity since 1991, and is currently writing a book on biomedicine in Tonga. She is the author of "Tongan Doctors and Critical Medical Ethnography" (which appeared in Anthropological Forum 15  in 2005) and one of the coeditors of Hybrid Textiles: Pragmatic Creativity and Authentic Innovations in Pacific Cloth (a...