Terence A Wesley-Smith
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Director and Professor, Graduate Chair, Editor of The
for Pacific Islands Studies
PhD University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (1988)
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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
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
||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
in Oceania. Race and Class 48 (3): 29-46.
||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 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.
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