Joseph Genz is currently conducting cultural impact assessments as a cultural specialist with Cultural Surveys Hawai'i, Inc, and lectures at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa Department of Anthropology. His PhD thesis (2008) was an interdisciplinary and collaborative project to research and revitalize Marshallese voyaging and navigation. His research interests include indigenous knowledge, voyaging and navigation, and cultural preservation and revival in the Marshall Islands and Hawai'i.
Nicole George holds the position of associate lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Queensland. She has an ongoing research interest in gender politics in the Pacific Islands and is currently researching the history of Pacific women's regional peace building collaborations, focusing on advocacy undertaken in Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Bougainville, Guam, and Palau. She lectures on the politics of gender, development, and globalization.
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.
Margaret Jolly is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and professor in gender and cultural studies and Pacific studies in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU). She is a historical anthropologist who has written extensively on gender in the Pacific, exploratory voyages and travel writing, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and [End Page 265] art. Her most recent book, coedited with Serge Tcherkézoff and Darrell Tryon, is Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence (ANU E Press, 2009).
Jon Tikivanotau M Jonassen (PhD 1996, University of Hawai'i) is professor and former chair of political science at Brigham Young University-Hawai'i, where he is also affiliated with the Jonathan Napela Center for Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Studies. Currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Cairns Institute, Australia, 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.
David W Kupferman is currently a PhD candidate in educational foundations and a certificate candidate in Pacific Islands studies at the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. He has worked at the College of the Marshall Islands since 2004, where he teaches courses in political science and film theory and criticism. His cinematic interests ordinarily include quality fare, but he is willing to make an exception in the name of academic inquiry.
Diana Looser holds PhDs in English (Canterbury, New Zealand) and in theater arts (Cornell, United States). Her primary research interests are postcolonial, intercultural, transnational, and historiographic theater and performance, with a particular focus on the Pacific Islands. She is currently a lecturer in drama at the University of Queensland, Australia.
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...