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Chris Ballard is an associate professor in Pacific history in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra. His current research interests include the history of drawing in anthropology, violence in the colonial encounter, Indigenous historicities, and the community management of cultural heritage. Recent publications are listed at

John Campbell’s teaching and research are in the area of environmental geographies focusing on the human dimensions of natural disasters and climate change in Pacific Island countries. His recent research includes a participatory investigation of a relocated village in Fiji, a regional survey of community relocation as a response to climatic variability and change, and studies of traditional disaster reduction practices, the role of disaster relief, and urban disaster vulnerabilities in Pacific Island countries. In 2010 he coauthored a book on climate change in the Pacific region titled Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and the South Pacific.

James Rimumutu George completed a BA (Hons) degree in sociology in 1983. Since that time he has been a community worker and activist for the extended Polynesian community in Sydney, Australia. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Wollotuka Institute of Indigenous Studies at the University of Newcastle.

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 (abd) in political science at the same institution. His research interests include historical and contemporary politics in Oceania, particularly Polynesia.

Kathleen Kawelu was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i, and earned her doctorate in anthropology at the University of California–Berkeley, specializing in Hawaiian archaeology. Her research interests include the politics of the past, indigenous archaeology, community-based research, and heritage management. She is an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at the University [End Page 259] of Hawai‘i–Hilo, which is currently developing a Master of Arts program in heritage management.

Eleanor Kleiber received a master’s of library and information studies and a master’s of archival studies from the University of British Columbia in 2006. From 2006 to 2011, she served as the librarian/archivist for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community based in Nouméa, New Caledonia. In 2011 she began her current job as Pacific specialist librarian at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa Library’s Pacific Collection.

David W Kupferman is an assistant professor at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu. He lived and worked in the Marshall Islands from 2004 to 2013. His first book, Disassembling and Decolonizing School in the Pacific: A Genealogy from Micronesia (2013), is available from Springer, and he is currently writing an oral history of political opposition in the Marshall Islands between 1972 and 1991.

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 holds a doctorate in cultural heritage studies from Charles Sturt University, Australia, building on her BA in history and anthropology and an MA in Micronesian studies from the University of Guam. Marsh was the former vice chair for the Guam Historic Preservation Review Board. She is active in local cultural and historical efforts such as serving as the chair for the History Subcommittee of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, which Guam will host in 2016; teaching History of Guam courses at the University of Guam; and authoring and peer-reviewing entries to Guampedia, Guam’s online encyclopedia.

Kirsten McGavin is a first-generation Australian of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Aotearoa/New Zealand Pākehā descent. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in...


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