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 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

Newsletter Editor: Max Quanchi, University of Queensland, Australia

Website Manager: Kirstie Close-Barry, 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


Executive Committee Members are:

Chris Ballard, Australian National University, Australia

Judy Bennett, University of Otago, New Zealand

Ian Conrich, The British University in Egypt/University of Vienna

Marco De Jong, Oxford University, UK

Robert Dewey, DePauw University, USA

Helen Gardner, Deakin University, Australia

Pei-Yi Guo, Academica Sinica, Taiwan

Kerri Inglis, University of Hawai'i, Hilo, USA

Myjolynne Kim, Australian National University, Australia

Monica LaBriola, University of Hawaii-West O'ahu, USA

Jacqui Leckie, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Louise Mataia-Milo, National University of Samoa, Samoa

Serge Tcherkezoff, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Oceanie, Marseille, France

Morgan Tuimaleali'ifano, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

James Viernes, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, USA

Fanny Wonu Weys, National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge, UK

Kate Stevens, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Frances Steel, University of Otago, New Zealand

Matt Cavert, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, USA 

Deborah Lee-Talbot, Deakin University, Australia

Joseph Foukona, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, USA

Monica LaBriola, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, USA

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): http://pacificstudies.org.au/

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (PAMBU): http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/catalogue/index.php/

Journal of Pacific History (JPH): https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjph20/current