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About Us

The Pacific History Association promotes research in and the teaching of Pacific History. Established in 1980 at a conference in Martindale Hall, South Australia, the association holds biennial conferences around the Pacific.

The Committee

The PHA's current Executive Committee (2021-23) includes:

President: Safua Akeli Amaama, Head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures, Te Papa Museum, New Zealand

Vice-President: Nicholas Halter, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Secretary/Treasurer: Adrian Muckle, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Website Manager: Kirstie Close, Deakin University, Australia

Conference Convenor: Jonathan Ritchie, Deakin University, Australia

Ordinary Member: Anne Perez Hattori, University of Guam, Guam

Ordinary Member: Anawaite Matadradra, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji


PHA Committee Members are:

Matt Cavert, University of Hawai‘i - West-Oʻahu

Ian Conrich, Stockholm University

Robert Dewey, DePauw University

Joe Foukona, University of Hawai‘i - Manoa

Pei-Yi Guo, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Kerri Inglis, University of Hawai‘i - Hilo

Monica LaBriola, University of Hawai‘i - Manoa

Jacqui Leckie, Victoria University of Wellington

Louise Mataia-Milo, National University of Sāmoa

Frances Steel, University of Otago

Kate Stevens, University of Waikato

Deborah-Lee Talbot, Deakin University

Serge Tcherkezoff, CREDO, Marseille

Nicholas Thomas, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Fanny Wonu Veys, National Museum of World Cultures, The Netherlands

James Viernes, Pacific Islands Development Program, Hawai‘i

Professional Affiliations

The PHA has a number of links to other associations and organisations that support scholarship on the Pacific. Links to these can be found below:


Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS):

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (PAMBU):

Journal of Pacific History (JPH):




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