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Center for Pacific Islands Studies
University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa (1994)
Moore Hall 214
Jan Rensel, a cultural anthropologist, joined the center as editor in late 2001.
Prior to her doctoral research on the island of Rotuma, in Fiji, she worked
for several years in environmental education curriculum development and teacher
training, drawing on her undergraduate studies at The Evergreen State College
in Olympia, Washington (BA 1974). Her current research interests concern socioeconomic change and diasporic Pacific Islander communities. In addition to two co-edited collections, Dr Rensel has published numerous articles, including many with her husband,
Professor Emeritus Alan Howard. They published a history of the Rotuman people and also worked closely with the late Rotuman elder
and teacher Elizabeth Inia to publish her books about Rotuman proverbs
and ceremonies. Besides serving as managing editor of the Pacific Islands Monograph
Series and The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, Dr
Rensel enjoys helping students improve their writing skills.
||Rotumans in Australia and New Zealand: The Problem of Community Formation (with Alan Howard). Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies 2 (2): 191-203.
||Pacific Islands Diaspora, Identity, and Incorporation, edited by Jan Rensel and Alan Howard. Special issue, Pacific Studies 35 (1/2) [April/August].
||Ethnicity, Nationality, and the Rights of Indigeneity: The Case of Rotumans in Fiji (with Alan Howard). Social Identities 18 (4): 481-493.
||Returning Indigenous Knowledge through Publications
Written for Pacific Islands Communities. In La
restitution du patrimoine matériel et immatérial: Regards croisés
Canada / Mélanésie, edited
by Florence Dupré, Frédéric Laugrand, and Pierre Maranda, 131–138.
Les Cahiers du CIÉRA 2, October. Québec: Centre interuniversitaire
d'études et de recherches autochtones.
Legacy: A History of the Rotuman People (with Alan
Howard). Victoria B.C.: Trafford Press.
||Contextualizing Histories: Our Rotuman Experience
(with Alan Howard). In Back in the Field Again: Long-term Fieldwork
in Oceanic Anthropology, guest edited by John Barker and Alan
Howard. Pacific Studies 27 (3/4):11-36.
|| Rotuman Identity in the Electronic Age (with
Alan Howard), in Shifting Images of Identity in the Pacific, edited
by Toon van Meijl and Jelle Miedema, 219–236. Leiden, The
Netherlands: KITLV Press.
||Where Has Rotuman Culture Gone? And What is
it Doing There? (with Alan Howard). Pacific Studies 24
||A New Rotuman Dictionary (with C
M Churchward, Elizabeth K Inia, Sofie Arntsen, Hans Schmidt,
and Alan Howard). Suva: Institute for Pacific Studies, University
of the South Pacific.
||Rotuman Culture as Reflected in its Sayings
(with Alan Howard). In Faeag ‘es Fuaga: Rotuman Proverbs, compiled
and translated by Elizabeth K. Inia, edited by Alan Howard and
Jan Rensel, 212–250. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies,
University of the South Pacific.
||Une profondeur qui s’arrete à surface
de la peau: Ordre social et corps à Rotuma (Only skin
deep: The body and social order on Rotuma) (with Alan Howard).
In La production du corps: Approaches anthropologiques et
historiques, edited by Maurice Godelier and Michel Panoff,
187–201. Edition des archives contemporaines. Amsterdam:
OPA (Overseas Publishers Association).
||The Place of Disabled Persons in Rotuman Society
(with Alan Howard). Pacific Studies 20 (3): 19–50.
|| Ritual Status and Power Politics in Modern
Rotuma (with Alan Howard). In Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific
Leadership and the Postcolonial State, edited by Geoffrey
M. White and Lamont Lindstrom, 119–149. Stanford: Stanford
||Rotuma (with Alan Howard). In Fiji in
Transition, edited by Brij V. Lal and Tomasi R. Vakatora,
153–177. Vol 1: Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution
Review Commission. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development,
The University of the South Pacific.
||Home in the Islands: Housing and Social
Change in the Pacific, edited by Jan Rensel and Margaret
Rodman. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
||Introduction. In Home in the Islands, edited
by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman, 7–26. Honolulu: University
of Hawai‘i Press.
||From Thatch to Cement: Social Implications
of Housing Change on Rotuma. In Home in the Islands, edited
by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman, 27–54. Honolulu: University
of Hawai‘i Press.
|| For Love or Money? Interhousehold Exchange
and the Economy of Rotuma. PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology,
University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa.
|| Rotuma in the 1990s: From Hinterland to Neighborhood
(with Alan Howard). Journal of the Polynesian Society 103
||Rotuma: Interpreting a Wedding (with Alan
Howard). In Portraits of Culture: Ethnographic Originals,
edited by Melvin Ember, Carol Ember, and David Levinson. Englewood
Cliffs: Prentice Hall. Republished by Prentice Hall on CD titled
New Directions in Anthropology (2003).
|| The Fiji Connection: Migrant Involvement
in the Economy of Rotuma. Pacific
Viewpoint 34 (2): 215–240.
||Animals as Metaphors in Rotuman Sayings (with
Alan Howard). In Man and a Half: Essays in Pacific Anthropology
and Ethnobiology in Honor of Ralph Bulmer, edited by Andrew
Pawley. Auckland: Polynesian Society.
Jan Rensel working with Rotuman cultural expert Elizabeth Inia.
Jan Rensel working with anthropologists
Paul Van Der Grijp and Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon.
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