Maggie Cummings is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto-Scarborough. She completed her PhD in social anthropology at York University in 2009. She is currently working on a research project on the various ways in which new labor opportunities—particularly those provided by the growing tourist industry and New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer program—are transforming ni-Vanuatu understandings and practices of masculinity.
Miranda Forsyth is a postdoctoral fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University (ANU). She has a bachelor of arts (honors) and a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Melbourne, a master's in law from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in law from ANU. She is currently engaged in a three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council that investigates the impact of intellectual property laws on development in Pacific Island countries.
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 candidate 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.
David W. Kupferman holds a PhD in education and a certificate in Pacific Islands studies from the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa. He has lived and worked in the Marshall Islands since 2004. His book Disassembling and Decolonizing School in the Pacific: A Genealogy from Micronesia (2013) is now available from Springer as volume 5 in their Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education series.
Hapakuke Pierre Leleivai teaches French, history, and geography at the Lano Alofivai secondary school on Wallis Island. He has a master's degree in history from the University of Franche-Comté Besançon and was an East-West Center fellowship recipient in 2001. His research interests include ancient and modern history of the Pacific, especially Western Polynesia; oral traditions; and the nation-building concept in Oceania.
Kelly G. Marsh is currently researching Micronesian heritage and conservation issues as a PhD candidate in cultural heritage studies in the School of Environmental [End Page 217] 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.
Margaret Mutu is professor of Māori studies at the University of Auckland and is of Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whatua, and Scottish descent. With a PhD in Māori studies and linguistics from the University of Auckland, her research interests include recording and translating oral traditions; Polynesian linguistics; and Mori resource management, conservation practices, Treaty of Waitangi claims against the Crown, and Māori-Chinese interactions. She has published three books and many articles; her latest book, The State of Māori Rights (2011), is an expanded, updated, and annotated compilation of her reviews of Māori issues for The Contemporary Pacific from 1995 to 2009.
Donald R. Shuster, who has written the political review of Palau for this journal every year since 1990, is a professor of education and Micronesian studies at the Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam. He has worked and lived in the Pacific since 1965 and focuses his research efforts on Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. With recent publications including a history of baseball in Palau and a biography of Father Felix K Yaoch, SJ, he has finished writing a biography of Thomas O Remengesau, president of Palau in 1988 and longtime district administrator during the Trust Territory years, but it is not yet published.
Tyrone J. Taitano has had an extensive career working for the Government of Guam as staff for the Guam Legislature, and in the executive...