john connell is professor of human geography in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. His research interests cover migration and development in the Pacific Islands region. He has written more than three hundred articles and over twenty books; the latter include Migration from Rural Areas: The Evidence from Village Studies (with M Lipton, R Laishley, and B Dasgupta); The Last Colonies (with R Aldrich); Urbanisation in the Island Pacific: Towards Sustainable Development (with J Lea); Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity and Place (with C Gibson); The Global Health Care Chain: From the Pacific to the World; Medical Tourism; and Islands at Risk.
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 governance and politics of Oceania, with a particular focus on Hawai‘i and French Polynesia.
galumalemana a hunkin is a retired Samoan academic with strengths in the Samoan language that include cultural and societal studies; corpus studies and research on word frequency, preservation, and maintenance; social and cultural implications of language loss; and reconstruction and recasting of traditional cultural concepts and mythological narratives in a more “modern” Samoan epistemological framework. He is also an author and has won numerous public awards in New Zealand for his work with and among Pacific and Samoan communities.
tarcisius kabutaulaka is from Tasimauri, Guadalcanal, in Solomon Islands. He is an associate professor at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies and editor of the center’s Pacific Islands Monograph Series. His research focuses on governance, development, natural resources development, conflicts, post-conflict development, international intervention, Australian foreign policies, and political developments in Oceania, especially Solomon Islands. He has written and published on these issues and worked as a consultant for governments and international and regional organizations. [End Page 319]
taberannang korauaba is the publisher and editor of the Kiribati Independent, a weekly newspaper, published in Tarawa. In addition, he worked as a senior journalist and editor for the Broadcasting Publications Authority in Tarawa. He is currently pursuing his PhD in communication studies at the Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology, studying the ways in which the media report on climate change and its effects in greater Micronesia.
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 conducting applied research within the Mariana Islands.
fepuleai lasei john mayer is an associate professor of Samoan and chair of the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. Following six years with the US Peace Corps in Sāmoa, he established the Samoan Language and Literature Program at the University of Hawai‘i in 1976. His current research interests include language change in Samoan-heritage language communities, code switching, and second-language teaching.
clement yow mulalap, a native of the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, is the legal adviser for the FSM Permanent Mission to the United Nations, where he primarily reviews international conventions, tracks international organizations, covers UN meetings, and negotiates UN resolutions on behalf of the FSM. He holds a BA in economics (with minors in political science and English) from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa, a JD (with a certificate in Asia-Pacific law) from the William S Richardson School of Law, and an LLM in international legal studies from New York...