James Perez Viernes
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Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Ph.D. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2015
Moore Hall 215
James Perez Viernes is a Chamorro scholar from Guam, Mariana Islands. He joined the center in January 2018 to serve as Outreach Director, with responsibility for all aspects of local, national, and regional Pacific Islands outreach. In addition, he is responsible for organizing events and conferences, expanding the center's digital outreach, and helping administer the National Resource Center (NRC) grant. James brings a diverse professional background to the Center which includes university teaching, research, community service, and administrative experience. Prior to joining the center, he served as one of several founding faculty members and Program Coordinator (2016-2018) of the University of Guam’s undergraduate Chamorro Studies Program. In addition to his scholarly publications, he has produced community events, exhibits, and other projects that collect Chamorro elders’ narratives of their experiences of U.S. militarism in Guam.
Teaching Areas and Interests
- Pacific Islands History
- Gender Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Pacific Literature
Research Areas and Interests
- Guam and greater Micronesia
- Gender and Masculinities
- Militarism in the Pacific
- Ethnohistory and Oral History
- Politics of Memory
- Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies
||Gender in the Pacific (with Greg Dvorak, Delihna Ehmes, Evile Felite, and Teresia Teaiwa). Teaching Oceania Series, volume 2. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies.
||Hurao Revisited: Hypocrisy and Double Standards in Contemporary Histories and Historiographies of Guam. Milestones in Marianas History, 122-137. Third Marianas History Conference. Mangilao: Guampedia Foundation, Inc.
||Mantieni i Familia: War, Survival, and the Chamorro Family. Families in the Face of Survival. Hagåtña: Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation.
||Manning Up: On Being a Chamorro Researcher with a Home Court (Dis)Advantage on Guam. In At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands, edited by Suzanne Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Pigliasco, and Forrest Young. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
||Sumay: Rikuetdo para i Famagu’on-ta (A Legacy for Our Children). Hagåtña: Guam Preservation Trust.
||Chamorro Men in the Making: Capitalism and Indigenous Masculinities Under US Military Colonialism in Guam. PacifiCurrents: The E-Journal of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies 1.2/2.1 (April). http://intersections.anu.edu.au/pacificurrents/viernes.htm
||Won’t You Please Come Back to Guam: Media Discourse, Military Build-up, and Chamorros in the Space Between. In The Space Between: Negotiating Culture, Place and Identity in the Pacific, edited by A Marata Tamaira, 103-118. Center for Pacific Islands Studies Occasional Papers Series 44. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies.
||Nineteen (19) peer-reviewed encyclopedia entries specific to Guam/Chamorro historical and cultural content for Guampedia (http://www.guampedia.com/).
||English Major. Storyboard 9: A Journal of Pacific Imagery. Mangilao: University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division of English & Applied Linguistics.
||Beloved Sumay. Across the Dark – Storyboard 8: A Journal of Pacific Imagery. Mangilao: University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division of English & Applied Linguistics.
Recent and Current Projects
- Book and Media Reviews Editor, The Contemporary Pacific
- Co-coordinator, Oceania on the Reel Pacific Film Series
- Co-facilitator, Culturally Sustaining Education: The Micronesian Context professional development workshops for K-12 teachers (Guam and Hawaiian Islands)
- Member, Board of Directors, Guam Preservation Trust
- Vice president, Pacific History Association
- Editor, Pacific Asia Inquiry
- Editor, Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery
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