Lorenz Gonschor was born in Germany where he studied anthropology, political science, and history. He obtained a master's degree in Pacific Islands studies from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2008 with a thesis comparing the institutional history and future political perspectives of Hawai'i, French Polynesia, and Rapa Nui; he is currently a PhD student in political science at the same institution. His research interests include historical and contemporary politics of Polynesia, especially Hawai'i, French Polynesia, and Rapa Nui.
John R Haglelgam is a regent professor at the national campus of the College of Micronesia–FSM in Palikir, where he teaches government, politics, and history of Micronesia. Mr Haglelgam was the second president of the Federated States of Micronesia, from 1987 to 1991. He holds a master of arts in political science from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, as well as a master's in public administration from John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
David Hanlon has returned to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Department of History after six years as director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. A former editor of The Contemporary Pacific, he is the author of Upon a Stone Altar: A History of the Island of Pohnpei to 1890 and Remaking Micronesia: Discourses Over Development in a Pacific Territory, 1944–1982, and is currently writing a biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, the first president of the Federated States of Micronesia. His research interests include culture contact, missionization, development, Micronesia, and ethnographic approaches to the study of Pacific pasts.
Katherine Higgins is a PhD candidate researching artists' residencies and exchanges in the Art History Department at the University of Canterbury. Her doctoral work is motivated by her residencies as visiting artist at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture and builds on her graduate studies in Pacific Islands studies and museum studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Her interest in Oceanic art stems from teaching in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and she is interested in the growth of (or lack of ) contemporary art in north and northwestern Oceania. [End Page 211]
Jon Tikivanotau M Jonassen is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University, Hawai'i. He has served as director of programs and acting secretary general for the South Pacific Commission, secretary of Foreign Affairs and of Cultural Development for the Cook Islands government, and high commissioner of the Cook Islands to New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji. Jonassen completed his PhD in political science at the University of Hawai'i in 1996 and is interested in a variety of Pacific issues including national politics, governance, regionalism, and cultural plagiarism.
David W Kupferman is currently a PhD student in educational foundations at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He is on educational leave from his job in the Marshall Islands where he has lived and worked since 2004. His research interests include prospects for postcolonial resistance to and post-structural analyses of schooling in Micronesia.
Brij V Lal is a professor of Pacific and Asian history in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, and was the founding editor of The Contemporary Pacific. His latest books are Turnings: Fiji Factions and A Time Bomb Lies Buried: Fiji's Road to Independence, 1960–1970. He is currently writing a novel called "The Tamarind Tree," and working on the life of the Fiji statesman Jai Ram Reddy.
Sa'iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor is an assistant professor in Hawaiian and Pacific studies at University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu. She holds a PhD in human and cultural geography from UH Mānoa. Her research interests include migration, development, diaspora, and transnationalism with a focus on Oceania. Her research particularly explores the dialectic relationship between culture and modernity, and specifically the interactive relationships between Samoan indigenous concepts and ways of knowing and globalization.
Kelly G Marsh is currently researching Micronesian heritage and conservation issues as a PhD candidate in cultural heritage studies in the School of Environmental Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Albury-Thurgoona, Australia. Her...