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  • Contributors

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.

Lorenz Gonschor was born in Germany where he studied anthropology, political science, and history. He obtained a master's degree in Pacific Islands studies in 2008 from the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa with a thesis comparing the institutional history of and future political prospects for 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-Mānoa, as well as a master's in public administration from John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Originally from Rotuma, Vilsoni Hereniko is a professor at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. A playwright, filmmaker, and scholar, he is also the center's director. His research interests include literature, theater, film, culture, and the arts of Oceania.

Iati Iati is a consultant and lecturer; he received his PhD in political science from the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. His major research interest is governance in the Pacific, focusing on issues of political accountability, the work of civil society in enhancing good governance, and the political implications of land reform. Iati holds a matai title from the village of Falelatai in Sāmoa.

Jon Tikivanotau M Jonassen is professor and chair 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 [End Page 229] 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.

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka is an associate professor at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. 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. His research interests include issues of governance, development, state-society relations, Australian foreign policy, peace and conflict, and post-conflict development with a focus on the Pacific Islands.

David W Kupferman is currently a PhD candidate in educational foundations at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. He has lived and worked in the Marshall Islands since 2004. His research interests include post-structural analyses of and alternative conditions of possibility for schooling in the region known as Micronesia.

Joni Madraiwiwi, a graduate of Adelaide and McGill universities, practices law in Suva, Fiji. He has worked as a government solicitor, arbitrator, and as a judge, and was recently appointed as a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands. Married to Lusi Tuivanuavou, Joni's interests are human rights, reading, corresponding with friends, conversation, attempting to write poetry, and doing very little.

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 doctoral work builds on her BA degrees in anthropology and history and MA in Micronesian studies from the University of Guam, her experience as the former vice-chair for the Guam Historic Preservation Review Board, and her work on Guam as an instructor of Guam history at the university and high school levels.