Curriculum Vitae of Alan Howard

Present Position: Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i

Education:      Stanford University B.A. l955 sociology
                       Stanford University M.A. l958 anthropology
                       Stanford University Ph.D. l962 anthropology

Grants and Awards

  • Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellow in anthropology: l956-1957
  • National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellowship and research grant (two years) for research on Polynesian island of Rotuma: l959-l961
  • Research grant from Human Ecology Fund for study of Stress in the Human Organism: l962
  • Research grant from National Institute of Mental Health for study of Social and Cultural
  • Processes in a Hawaiian Community (three years): l965-l968
  • Renewal of NIMH grant (two years): l968-l970
  • National Science Foundation grant for study of Demographic Approaches to Social Behavior on Rotuma (three years): l970-l973
  • National Institute of Mental Health training grant in anthropology (five years): l974-l979
  • Renewal of NIMH training grant (three years): l979-l982
  • University of Hawaii Merit Award: December l981
  • National Institute of Mental Health grant A Comparative Study of Stress and Health Samoans (co-investigator with J.M. Hanna): 1985-1988
  • Office of Research Administration Seed Money Grant for research on Rotuma, University of Hawaii: May-August 1988
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant for study of Perceptions of Social and Cultural Change in Rotuma: April-December 1989
  • Conflict Resolution Program Grant for study of Dispute Management on Rotuma: May 1989
  • Matsuda Scholarship for research on The History of Rotuma: May 1990-August 1991
  • Elected an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO): February 2007.
  • College of Social Sciences Award for Distinguished Retired Faculty for 2010-11.

Research and Teaching Experience

  • l956-l959 Research Assistant, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto
  • l959-l961 Principal Investigator, NIMH research grant for field work in Rotuma and Fiji
  • l961-l962 Instructor in Sociology and Anthropology, Cabrillo College
  • l962-l963 Visiting Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Auckland University
  • 963-l964 Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii (half-time)
  • l963-l971 Anthropologist, B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu
  • l965-l968 Lecturer and Instructor (part-time), University of Hawaii
  • l969 Visiting Lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • l971-l975 Research Associate, East-West Population Institute (half-time)
    Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii (half-time)
  • 1982 Professor, University of Pittsburgh's Semester-at-Sea
  • l976-1999 Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii (retired 1999)

Administrative Experience

  • l959-1970 Ten Years as Principal Investigator of NIH and NSF grants
  • l970-l971 Acting Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Bishop Museum
  • l972-l982 Director, NIMH training program in anthropology, U. Hawaii
  • l974-l975 Director, Population Studies Program, U. of Hawaii
  • l976-1985 Chairman, graduate field of study, anthropology, U. of Hawaii
  • l984 Acting Chairman, Department of Anthropology, U. of Hawaii

Publications

Books and Monographs

l967 Polynesian Culture History (co-editor). Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press

l968 Studies in a Hawaiian Community: Na Makamaka O Nanakuli (co-editor) Pacific Anthropological Reports, No. 1. Honolulu: Bishop Museum.

l970 Learning to Be Rotuman. New York: Columbia Teachers College Press.

l97l Polynesia: Readings on a Culture Area. Scranton: Chandler Publishing Company (editor)

1971 Households, Families and Friends in a Hawaiian-American Community. Honolulu: East-West Population Institute, Working Paper No. 19, East-West Center.

l973 Population Research in Thailand: A Review and Bibliography (with J. Fawcettand others). Honolulu: East-West Population Institute, East-West Center.

l974 Ain't No Big Thing: Coping Strategies in a Hawaiian-American Community. Honolulu:University Press of Hawaii.

1989 Developments in Polynesian Ethnology (co-editor with R. Borofsky). University Press of Hawaii.

1994 Hef Ran ta (The Morning Star) A Biography of Wilson Inia. Suva:Institute for Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1996 Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind (co-editor with Jeannette Mageo). New York: Routledge.

1998 A New Rotuman Dictionary (with Elisabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia, Sofie Arnsten, Hans Schmidt, Jan Rensel and C.M. Churchward). Institute of Pacific Islands Studies, University of the South Pacific.

2004 Back in the Field Again: Long-Term Fieldwork in Oceanic Anthropology (coeditor with John Barker). Special Issue of Pacific Studies (Vol. 27, Nos. 3/4).

2007 Island Legacy: A History of the Rotuman People (with Jan Rensel). Victoria B.C. Trafford Publishing.

2012 Pacific Islands Diaspora, Identity, and Incorporation, edited by Jan Rensel and Alan Howard. Special issue, Pacific Studies 35 (1/2) [April/August].

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

l960 Early Familial Experiences and Bigotry (with Wm. and J. McCord). American Sociological Review 25:717-722.

l961 Familial Correlates of Aggression in Nondelinquent Male Children (with Wm. and J. McCord). The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 62:79-93.

1961 Rotuma as a Hinterland Community. Journal of the Polynesian Society 70:272-299.

l963 Family Interaction as Antecedent to the Direction of Male Aggressiveness (with Wm. and J. McCord). Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 66:239-242. Reprinted in H.C. Lindgren (ed.), Contemporary Research in Social Psychology 636-642.

1963 Land, Activity Systems and Decision-Making Models in Rotuma. Ethnology 2:407-440.

1963 Conservatism and Non-Traditional Leadership in Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 72:65-77.

l964 Land Tenure and Social Change in Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 73:26-52.

1964 On the Structural Analysis of Interpersonal Relations. Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 20:261-277.

1964 Pre-marital Sex and Social Control Among the Rotumans (with Irwin Howard). American Anthropologist 66:266-283.

l965 Cultural Values and Attitudes Towards Death (with Robert Scott). Journal of Existentialism 6:l6l-l74.

1965 A Proposed Framework for the Analysis of Stress in the Human Organism (with Robert Scott). Behavioral Science l0:141-160.

l966 Culture Change in Rotuma. Conch Shell 4(4):4-9.

1966 Plasticity, Achievement and Adaptation in Developing Economies. Human Organization 25:265-272. Reprinted in abridged form in Ekistics.

1966 The Rotuman District Chief: A Study in Changing Patterns of Authority. Journal of Pacific History l:63-78.

l967 Polynesian Origins and Migrations: A Review of Two Centuries of Speculation and Theory. In G. Highland et. al. (eds.), Polynesian Culture History. Honolulu:Bishop Museum Press.

l968 Hawaiian Life Style (with R. Gallimore). In R. Gallimore and A. Howard (eds.), Studies in a Hawaiian Community: Na Makamaka O Nanakuli. Pacific Anthropological Reports, No.1. Honolulu: Bishop Museum. pp. 10-16.

1968 Qualitative Analysis of Family Development (with others). In R. Gallimore and A. Howard (eds.), Studies in a Hawaiian Community: Na Makamaka O Nanakuli. Pacific Anthropological Reports, No. 1. Honolulu: B.P. Bishop Museum. pp. 80- 86.

1968 Adoption and the Significance of Children to Hawaiian Families. In R. Gallimore and A. Howard (eds.), Studies in a Hawaiian Community: Na Makamaka O Nanakuli. Pacific Anthropological Reports, No. l. Honolulu: Bishop Museum. pp. 87-101.

1968 Community Participation (with R. Gallimore). In R. Gallimore and A. Howard (eds.), Studies in a Hawaiian Community: Na Makamaka O Nanakuli. Pacific Anthropological Reports, No. 1. Honolulu: Bishop Museum. pp. 138-142.

l969 Independence Training among Hawaiians: A Cross-Cultural Study (with R. Gallimore). In H.C. Lindgren (ed.), Contemporary Research in Social Psychology. New York: Wiley. pp. 392-397.

1969 Recent Trends in Polynesian Social Anthropology. Anthropologica 11:l9-30.

l970 Adoption on Rotuma. In Vern Carroll (ed.), Adoption in Eastern Oceania. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. pp. 343-368.

1970 Models of Stress (with Robert Scott). In S. Levine and N. Scotch (eds.), Social Stress. Chicago: Aldine. pp. 259-278.

1970 Traditional and Modern Adoption Patterns in Hawaii (with others). In Vern Carroll (ed.), Adoption in Eastern Oceania. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. pp. 21-51.

l971 Decision Making and the Study of Social Process (with Sutti Ortiz). Acta Sociologica 14:213-226.

1971 Life-Style, Education, and Rotuman Character. Adapted from Chapter 6 in Learning to Be Rotuman. In Alan Howard (ed.), Polynesia: Readings on a Culture Area. Scranton: Chandler Publishing Co.

1971 Some Implications of Dominant Kinship Relationships in Fiji and Rotuma. In Francis Hsu (ed.), Kinship and Culture. Chicago: Aldine. pp. 96-105.

l972 Polynesian Social Stratification Revisited: Reflections on Castles Built of Sand (and a few bits of coral). American Anthropologist 74:811-823.

l973 Education in 'Aina Pumehana: The Hawaiian-American Student as Hero. In Solon Kimball and Jacquette Burnett (eds.), Learning and Culture. AmericanEthnological Society.

l974 Aspects of Self-Esteem among Hawaiian-Americans of the Parental Generation. In Wm. Lebra (ed.), Youth, Socialization and Mental Health. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. pp. 87-95.

1974 Population Education Report. Council on Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Vol. V, No. 4:25-8.

l976 Demographic Socialization: Direct and Indirect. Council on Anthropology and Education Quarterly 8:l-5.

1976 Anthropological Perspectives on Population Growth. Mental Health and Society 3:122-126.

l977 Maoris. In World Book Encyclopedia (revised 1987).

1977 Rotumans in Fiji: The Genesis of an Ethnic Group. In M. Lieber (ed.), Exiles and Migrants in Oceania. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 161-194.

l978 An Arsenal of Words: Social Science and Its Victims. Comparative Studies in Society and History 20:469-482.

l979 Polynesia and Micronesia in Psychiatric Perspective. Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review l6:123-145.

1979 The Power to Heal in Colonial Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 88(3):243-275.

1979 The Prehistory of Polynesia: A Review Article. Asian Perspectives 22:221-228.

l980 Hawaiians. In Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Thernstrom, Stephen, Ann Orlov, and Oscar Handlin (eds.) Cambridge: Harvard University Press. pp. 449-452.

1980 Pain as Cultural Drama (with Jack Bilmes). Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 5(2,3):10-13.

l981 The Study of Minority Groups in Complex Societies (with Robert Scott). In R.H. Munroe, R.L. Munroe and B.B. Whiting (eds.), Handbook of Cross-cultural Human Development. New York: Garland. pp. 113-152.

1981 Rotuma. In R.D. Craig and F.P. King (eds.), Historical Dictionary of Oceania. London: Greenwood Press. pp. 253-254.

l982 Interactional Psychology: Some Implications for Psychological Anthropology. American Anthropologist 84:37-57.

1985 History, Myth and Polynesian Chieftainship: The Case of Rotuman Kings. In A. Hooper and J. Huntsman (eds.), Transformations of Polynesian Culture. Auckland: The Polynesian Society.

1985 Crime and Culture: An Anthropological Perspective. In The Humanities, Crime and Criminals. Proceedings of a Conference presented by the John Howard Association of Hawaii.

1985 Ethnopsychology and the Prospects for a Cultural Psychology. In G. White and J. Kirkpatrick (eds.), Person, Self and Experience: Exploring Pacific Ethnopsychologies. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 401-420.

1986 Cannibal Chiefs and the Charter for Rebellion in Rotuman Myth. Pacific Studies 10:1-27.

1986 Questions and Answers: Samoans Talk about Happiness, Distress and Other Life Experiences. In P. T. Baker, J.M. Hanna and T. S. Baker (eds.), The Changing Samoans: Behavior and Health in Transition. Oxford University Press. pp. 174-202.

1986 Samoan Coping Behavior. In P. Baker and J.M. Hanna (eds.), The Changing Samoans: Behavior and Health in Transition. Oxford University Press. pp. 394-418.

1987 Foreword to Making History, by R. Borofsky, Cambridge University Press.

1988 Hypermedia and the Future of Ethnography. Cultural Anthropology 3:304-315.

1988-89 On Rotuma, "It's Up to You" (with Jan Rensel). Windstar Journal (Winter 1988/89), pp. 39-42.

1989 Polynesian Social Organization (with J. Kirkpatrick). Chapter for Developments in Polynesian Ethnology, edited by A. Howard and R. Borofsky. University Press of Hawaii.

1989 The Early Contact Period (with R. Borofsky). Chapter for Developments in Polynesian Ethnology, edited by A. Howard and R. Borofsky. University Press of Hawaii.

1989. Introduction to Developments in Polynesian Ethnology (with R. Borofsky). University Press of Hawaii. pp. 1-11.

1989 Looking Ahead (with R. Borofsky). Concluding chapter for Developments in Polynesian Ethnology, edited by A. Howard and R. Borofsky. University Press of Hawaii.

1989 The First Rotumans. In P. DeVita (ed.) The Humbled Anthropologist: Tales from the Pacific. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Press. pp. 8-11. Reprinted in P. DeVita (ed.) Stumbling Toward Truth: Anthropologists at Work. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press (2000).

1989 The Resurgence of Rivalry: Politics in Post-Colonial Rotuma. Dialectical Anthropology 14:145-158.

1990 Cultural Paradigms, History and the Search for Identity in Oceania. In J. Linnekin and L. Poyer (eds.), Cultural Identity in Oceania. University Press of Hawaii.

1990 Dispute Management in Rotuma. Journal of Anthropological Research 46:263- 292. An earlier draft was circulated as Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1990-1. University of Hawaii, Honolulu. pp. 263-292.

1990 Aspects of Social Organization in Three Samoan Communities (with Maureen Fitzgerald). Pacific Studies 14:31-54.

1991 The Solar Powered Anthropologist. American Anthropology Newsletter 32, No. 4:2 (April).

1991 Selective Migration from Samoa: A Longitudinal Study of Pre-migration Differences in Social and Psychological Characteristics (with Joel M. Hanna, M.H. Fitzgerald, J.D. Pearson & JoAnn M. Hanna). Social Biology 37:204-214.

1991 Reflections on Change in Rotuma, 1959-1988. In Fatiaki, A. et al. Rotuma: Hanua Pumue (Precious Land). Suva: Institute for Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1991 Animals as Metaphor in Rotuman Sayings (with Jan Rensel). In Pawley, A. (ed.), Man and a Half: Essays in Pacific Anthropology and Ethnobiology in Honour of Ralph Bulmer. Auckland: The Polynesian Society, Memoir No. 48. pp. 127-137.

1992 Symbols of Power and the Politics of Impotence: The Mölmahao Rebellion on Rotuma. Pacific Studies 15:83-116.

1993 Reflections on History in Polynesia. In Otto, Ton (ed.) Pacific Island Trajectories: Five Personal Views. An Occasional Paper of the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT Australia, in association with the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. pp. 83-97.

1994 Rotuma: Interpreting a Wedding (with Jan Rensel). In Ember, Melvin, Carol Ember and David Levinson (eds.) Portraits of Culture: Ethnographic Originals. Prentice Hall. pp. 59-94. Republished by Prentice Hall on CD titled New Directions in Anthropology (2003).

1994 Rotuma in the 1990s: From Hinterland to Neighbourhood (with Jan Rensel). Journal of the Polynesian Society 103:227-254.

1994 History in Polynesia: Changing Perspectives and Current Issues. In Politics, Tradition and Change in the Pacific, Paul van der Grijp and Toon van Meijl eds., special issue of the Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology) 149:646-660.

1994 Martyrs, Progress and Political Ambition: Reexamining Rotuma's 'Religious Wars' (with Eric Kjellgren). Journal of Pacific History 29:131-152.

1995 Rotuman Seafaring in Historical Perspective. In Feinberg, Richard (ed.) Seafaring in the Contemporary Pacific Islands. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press.

1996 Speak of the Devils: Discourse and Belief in Spirits on Rotuma. In Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind, edited by Jeannette Mageo and Alan Howard. New York: Routledge.

1996 Gods, Spirits and History: A Theoretical Perspective (with Robert Levy and Jeannette Mageo). In Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind, edited by Jeannette Mageo and Alan Howard. New York: Routledge.

1996 Introductory Chapter for Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind (with Jeannette Mageo). New York: Routledge.

1996 Money, Sovereignty and Moral Authority on Rotuma. Chapter in Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific, edited by Richard Feinberg and Karen Watson-Gegeo. London School of Economics Monograph Series. London: Athlone Press. pp. 205-238

1997 Ritual Status and Power Politics in Modern Rotuma (with Jan Rensel). In Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific Leadership and the Postcolonial State, edited by Geoffrey White and Lamont Lindstrom. Stanford University Press. Pp. 119-149.

1997 Rotuma (with Jan Rensel). In Fiji in Transition, edited by Brij V. Lal and Tomasi Rayalu Vakatora. Vol. 1, Fiji Constitution Review Commission Research Papers. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific. Pp. 153-177.

1997 The Place of Disabled Persons in Rotuman Society (with Jan Rensel). Pacific Studies 20(3):19-50.

1998 Une Profondeur qui S'arrête à la Surface de la Peau: Ordre Social et Corps à Rotuma (with Jan Rensel). In La Production du Corps, edited by Maurice Godelier and Michel Panoff. Éditions des Archives Contemporaines. Amsterdam: Overseas Publishing Association.

1998 Youth in Rotuma, Then and Now. In Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies, edited by Gilbert Herdt and Stephen Leavitt. University of Pittsburgh Press.

1998 Rotuman Culture as Reflected in its Proverbs (with Jan Rensel). Essay in Fäeag ʻes Fūaga (Rotuman Proverbs), compiled and translated by Elizabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia. Institute of Pacific Islands Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1998 Rotuma. In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 9, Australia and the Pacific Islands, edited by Adrienne L. Kaeppler and J. W. Love. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. pp. 817-823.

1999 Pacific-Based Virtual Communities: Rotuma on the World Wide Web. The Contemporary Pacific 11(1):160-175.

2000 Rotuma. In The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia, edited by Brij V. Lal and Kate Fortune. University of Hawai'i Press. pp. 568-569, 572.

2000 Wilson Inia. In The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia, edited by Brij V. Lal and Kate Fortune. University of Hawai'i Press. pp. 281-282.

2001 Where Has Rotuman Culture Gone? And What is it Doing There? (with Jan Rensel) Pacific Studies 24 (1/2):63-88.

2002 www.repatriating_ethnography.edu/rotuma, in Handle with Care: Ownership and Control of Ethnographic Materials, edited by Sjoerd R. Jaarsma. ASAO Monograph No. 20. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 28–45.

2004 Restraint and Ritual Apology: The Rotumans of the South Pacific, in Keeping the Peace, edited by Graham Kemp and Douglas P. Fry. New York: Routledge. pp. 35-52.

2004 Rotuman Identity in the Electronic Age (with Jan Rensel), in Shifting Images of Identity in the Pacific, edited by Toon van Meijl and Jelle Miedema. Leiden: KITLV Press. pp. 219-236.

2004 Contextualizing Histories: Our Rotuman Experience (with Jan Rensel), Pacific Studies 27 (3/4):11-36.

2004 Introduction: Back in the Field Again – Long Term Fieldwork in Oceanic Anthropology (with John Barker), special issue of Pacific Studies 27 (3/4):1-10.

2006 Presenting Rotuma to the World: The Making of The Land Has Eyes, Visual Anthropology Review 22(1):74-96.

2007 Epilogue (with Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon), In Negotiating Grandparenting: Styles and Strategies in a Changing Pacific, edited by Jocelyn Armstrong and Juliana Flinn, special issue of Pacific Studies 30 (3/4):162-172.

2008 Web Sites as Vehicles for Repatriation. In La restitution du patrimoine matériel et immatérial: Regards croisés Canada / Mélanésie, edited by Florence Dupré, Frédéric Laugrand, and Pierra Maranda, 139–145. Les Cahiers du CIÉRA 2, October. Québec: Centre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtnes.

2011 Land Issues on Rotuma. In Land and Law, edited by Sue Farrran. Special Issue, Pacific Studies 34 (2/3):157-174.

2011 Extreme Mortality After First Introduction of Measles Virus to the Polynesian Island of Rotuma, 1911. G. Dennis Shanks, Seung-Eun Lee, Alan Howard, and John F. Brundage, American Journal of Epidemiology 173(10):1211-1222; first published online April 15, 2011. pp. 1-12.

2012 Ethnicity, Nationality, and the Rights of Indigeneity: The Case of Rotumans in Fiji (with Jan Rensel). Social Identities 18 (4): 481-493.

2012 Introduction to Pacific Islands Diaspora, Identity, and Incorporation (with Jan Rensel), edited by Jan Rensel and Alan Howard. Special issue, Pacific Studies 35 (1/2) [April/August].

2012 Issues of Concern to Rotumans Abroad: A View from the Rotuma Website. In Pacific Islands Diaspora, Identity, and Incorporation, edited by Jan Rensel and Alan Howard. Special issue, Pacific Studies 35 (1/2) pp. 144-183.

2013 The Valuation of Photographs: Rotuman Responses (with Jan Rensel). Online publication. [http://www.rotuma.net/os/Publications/Photography_paper.pdf]

2014 Measles Epidemics of Variable Lethality in the Early Twentieth Century. G. Dennis Shanks, Zheng Hu, Michael Waller, Seung-eun Lee, Daniel Terfa, Alan Howard, Elizabeth van Heyningen, John F. Brundage, American Journal of Epidemiology (first published online November, 2013).

2014 Rotumans in Australia and New Zealand: The Problem of Community Formation (with Jan Rensel). Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies 2(2):191-203.

2015 Ethnography in the Digital Age (with Alex Mawyer). In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource, edited by Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn. New York: Wiley Online Library.

2016 The Culture of Graves on Rotuma (with Jan Rensel). Journal of the Polynesian Society 125:93-114.

2017 The Rotuman Experience with Return Migration. In Mobilities of Return: Pacific Perspectives, edited by John Taylor and Helen Lee. Australia National University Press, pp. 45-73.

2017 Being Rotuman on the Internet. Pacific Studies 40:373-407.

 

Unpublished Papers

The Recent Rotuman Experience with Christianity (with Jan Rensel)
An account of the recent introduction of several new Christian denominations to Rotuma (e.g., Assembly of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists) and its implications for social life on the island.

Rotumans in Europe: Festive Spaces (with Jan Rensel)
A discussion of Rotuman gatherings in Europe and the ways in which they both deviate from and resemble typical Rotuman gatherings elsewhere, with particular attention to the processes of cultural bonding.

Evocations of Home: Exporting Rotuman Cultural Sensibilities (with Jan Rensel)
A discussion of the importance of "home" in Rotuman culture, and the significance of place in people's sense of themselves.

The Parochialization of Memory: Commemorations of Rotuma's Colonial and Missionary Past (with Jan Rensel)
In this paper, we attempt to demonstrate, through the example of recent commemorations of Cession to Great Britain and Christian missionization, that despite macropolitical pressures to construct history in accordance with Fiji's national interests, important aspects of the Rotuman mythic code remain strong enough to color historical narratives in distinctive ways.

The Tactics of Faksoro: Rotuman Apology in Historical Perspective (with Jan Rensel)
In this paper we explore the custom of faksoro (apology) Download PDF and the ways it has responded to demographic, political, economic, social and cultural changes in the extended Rotuman community. Specifically, we aim at documenting the shift from a socially consensual, highly ritualized implementation of faksoro to a more individualized, tactical use of the custom. For purposes of analysis we examine faksoro as one type of symbolic exchange.

Research Among the Ethnic Poor (with Ronald Gallimore)
The challenge we address in this paper is to derive a parsimonious theoretical model that consists of a set of inter-related variables that are general in the sense that their importance can be measured within any population while allowing for specificity in particular cases.

Rethinking the Role of Universities at the Millenium
In this address to faculty and administrators at the University of Hawai'i in Hilo, I argue for the preservation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge with a greater regard for the service they can provide for indigenous communities than for the prestige they might gain in esoteric pursuits.

Writing and Translating Research for Selected Audiences: Choosing to Communicate
A plea to students and professional colleagues to write for inclusive rather than exclusive audiences, and a set of recommendations for doing so.

National Character Theory
A review of national character studies in relation to international considerations, such as war, and trends within anthropology.

Interview with Konousi Aisake
An interview with Konousi Aisake, a Rotuman artist who emigrated to Canada after marrying a Canadian woman. He worked in a stained glass factory for ten years where he learned the art of making stained glass. In 1996 he set out on his own as a self-taught woodcarver and maker of art objects from stained glass.

The Arts of Rotuma
A description of Rotuman art forms at the time of European intrusion, including tatooing, the making of shell ornaments, bark cloth and fine mat manufacture, oratory, clowning, and singing and dancing. By the end of the 19th century some of these aspects of expressive culture had completely disappeared, while others were drastically altered.

Rotuman Arts (with Vilsoni Hereniko)
An alternate account of Rotuman art forms with more contextual historical information as background.

 

Website Construction and Maintenance

1996-present Rotuma Website <http://www.rotuma/net>
A multi-megabyte site containing ethnographic information on Rotuma, an archive of 19th century publications, a regularly updated news page, an archive of past news, a bulletin board, an interactive Rotuman dictionary, a Registry of Rotumans on the Internet, Rotuman proverb of the week, Rotuman Recipes, Rotuman Humor, maps, multiple photo albums, video clips, and much more.

1996-2016 ASAO Website <http://www.asao.org>
A website created and maintained for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, including session reports and an interactive database of members.

1998-2000 Anthropology Department Website <http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/css/anth>
A website constructed for the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii. Includes sections on faculty, program information, graduate students, alumni, and projects (managed by others).

2000 International Cultural Studies Program East-West Center/University of Hawai'i
<http://www2.hawaii.edu/~culture> A reconstruction of a previous website giving particulars of the International Cultural Studies Program (managed by graduate students in the program).

2001 Public Anthropology <http://www.publicanthropology.org>
An International website commissioned by Professor Robert Borofsky of Hawaii Pacific University. The site contains numerous sections, including journal abstracts, information on publishing in the area of public anthropology, and extensive archives (managed by others).

2002-04 Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Sciences
<http://www2.soc.hawaii.edu/pols/> Redesign of an existing website using a template developed by the social science computer support unit (managed by graduate student).

2003-present Feature Film, The Land Has Eyes <http://www.thelandhaseyes.com>
A website designed for the feature film, The Land Has Eyes, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in January 2003.

2003-present Mamfiri Oils <http://www.rotuma.net/mamfiri>
A small commercial enterprise based on the island of Rotuma, Fiji, that produce and markets healing oils from native plants.

2004-2016 Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
<http://http://www.cee.hawaii.edu> Redesign of the department's website, which I maintained until 2016.

2005 Mariculture in the Strait of Juan de Fuca
<http://www.wfga.net/sjdf/index.html> Designed a website that provides an overview of pertinent hydrographic
conditions and possible impacts of marine or salmonid finfish culture in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for commercial harvest or marine fish stock rehabilitation. maintained by others)

2007-2011 Honolulu Symphony Chorus
<http://www.oahuchoral.com> A website I redesigned for the Oahu Choral Society and Honolulu Symphony
Chorus, now managed by others.

2007-2016 Center for Pacific Islands Studies
<http://www.hawaii.edu/cpis> Took over management and partial redesign of site through 2016.

2009-2013 The International Structural Engineering and Construction Society
<http://www.isec-society.org> Redesigned the society's website and designed sub-sites for the 2011 and 2013 conferences of the society.

2010-present St. Johns-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Kaneohe, Oahu
<http://www.stjohnsbytheseahawaii.org> Designed and maintain the church's website.

2011-present Designed and maintain a website for author Robert Scott.
<http://www.robert-scott.net>

2012-2018 Conservation Council for Hawai'i
<http://conservehi.org> Redesign and maintenance of Council's website.