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Terence Wesley-Smith


Terence A Wesley-Smith

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Director and Professor, Graduate Chair, Editor of The Contemporary Pacific
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
PhD University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (1988)

Moore Hall 209
e-mail: twsmith@hawaii.edu

(808) 956-6077


Terence Wesley-Smith, a political scientist with degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Hawai'i, has been with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies more than twenty five years. He writes and teaches about contemporary issues in the region, with a particular interest in development, the impact of globalization, the political economy of mining in Papua New Guinea, and the emerging role of China in the region. For many years he was the center's Graduate Chair, and he continues to teach the MA program's introductory seminar, Learning Oceania (PACS 601). Wesley-Smith is founding associate editor of The Contemporary Pacific, and from 1997-2003 directed the Ford Foundation-funded Moving Cultures project, which developed innovative ways of teaching and learning about the Asia-Pacific region. He was also a member of the planning team of the Ford-funded Islands of Globalization project, which from 2003-2006 established collaborative relationships between educational institutions in the Pacific and Caribbean. In March 2009 he co-convened an international conference called Pacific Alternative: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania, a milestone event in an ongoing collaborative research project with the University of Bergen in Norway. In 2003, Dr Wesley-Smith was awarded the UH Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


Selected publications

2013 China's Rise in Oceania: Issues and Perspectives. In Global Perspectives on Chinese Investment, edited by Graeme Smith and Paul D'Arcy. Special issue of Pacific Affairs 86 (2): 351-372.
2010 China in Oceania: Towards a New Regional Order? edited by Terence Wesley-Smith and Edgar Porter. Foundations of Asia Pacific Studies Series vol. 1. London: Berghahn Books.
2010 Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning Across Asia and the Pacific, edited by Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press.
2010 Epeli's Quest: Essays in Honor of Epeli Hau`ofa. The Contemporary Pacific 22:101-123. Collection of 8 essays, edited with an introduction by Terence Wesley-Smith.
2008

Altered States: Regional Intervention and the Politics of State Failure in Oceania. In Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific: The Legitimacy of "Co-operative Intervention," edited by Greg Fry and Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, 37-53. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

2007 Self-Determination in Oceania: New Roles for US, Japanese and Asian Power? Japan Focus: An Asia Pacific E-Journal. Posted 7 February. http://www.japanfocus.org
2007 Self-Determination in Oceania. Race and Class 48 (3): 29-46.
2006 The Limits of Self-Determination in Oceania. Social and Economic Studies. 55 (4):182-208.

Terence Wesley-Smith, with former student Isebong Asang (left) and colleague Katerina Teaiwa (right) at the UH Faculty Convocation in September 2003.

Terence Wesley-Smith, with former student Isebong Asang (left) and colleague Katerina Teaiwa (right) at the UH Faculty Convocation in September 2003.

Terence Wesley-Smith with Vince Diaz, University of Michigan, at the Approaches to Interdisciplinary Pacific Studies workshop, University of California at Santa Cruz, May 2004.

Terence Wesley-Smith with Vince Diaz, University of Michigan, at the Approaches to Interdisciplinary Pacific Studies workshop, University of California at Santa Cruz, May 2004.

Terence Wesley-Smith and participants at the China in Oceania conference, Beppu, Japan, March 2007.

Terence Wesley-Smith and participants at the China in Oceania conference, Beppu, Japan, March 2007.

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