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James Viernes

James Perez Viernes
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Outreach Director
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Ph.D. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2015

Moore Hall 215
(808) 956-2658

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

Selected Works

2016 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.
2016 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.
2016 Mantieni i Familia: War, Survival, and the Chamorro Family. Families in the Face of Survival. Hagåtña: Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation.
2015 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.
2013 Sumay: Rikuetdo para i Famagu’on-ta (A Legacy for Our Children). Hagåtña: Guam Preservation Trust.
2010 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).
2009 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.
2009-2013 Nineteen (19) peer-reviewed encyclopedia entries specific to Guam/Chamorro historical and cultural content for Guampedia (
2007 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.
2002 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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