Associate Professor Damon Ieremia Salesa

BA, MA (First class Honours), University of Auckland; D.Phil, University of Oxford

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Biography

Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is a prizewinning scholar who specializes in the study of colonialism, empire, government and race.  With a particular interest in the Pacific Islands, he also works on education, economics and development in the Pacific region, as well as in New Zealand and Australia.  After studying at the University of Auckland, he completed his studies at Oxford University.

He is currently Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, where he is also head of Pacific Studies, and Co-Head of Te Wananga o Waipapa.  Previously he was Associate Professor of History, American Culture, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Research | Current

  • Pacific studies
  • Pacific history
  • Pacific Island societies, politics and economics
  • Pacific Islanders in the diaspora

 

  • The Transformation of Everyday Life in Samoa (1800-2000).  Awarded a Marsden Grant by the Royal Society: 2014-2016.  
  • World War One in the Pacific.  
  • Rethinking Pacific New Zealand.

Teaching | Current

  • Convening Pacific 100: Introduction to Pacific Studies. (Semester 1)
  • Convening Pacific 304: Advanced Pacific Studies (not offered in 2014, planned to be offered in 2015).
  • Pacific 705: Pacific Histories 1880-1980 (Semester 2, or full year)

Distinctions/Honours

Rhodes Scholar

Ernest Scott Prize: awarded by the Australian Historical Association for the best history book on colonialism in Australia and New Zealand, 2012

Responsibilities

  • Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa
  • Head of Disciplinary Area, Pacific Studies

Areas of expertise

  • Pacific Studies
  • Pacific History
  • Pacific Island Societies, Politics and Economics
  • Pacific Islanders in the diaspora

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Salesa, D. I. (2014). When the waters met : some shared histories of christianity and ancestral Samoan spirituality. In T. M. Suaalii-Sauni, A. Wendt, Mo'a V, N. Fuamatu, Va'ai UL, R. Whaitiri, S. L. Filipo (Eds.) Whispers and vanities : Samoan indigenous knowledge and religion (pp. 283-311). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.
  • Salesa, D. I. Entangled Islands: Samoa, New Zealand and the First World WarAuckland War Memorial Museum. 19/6/2014 - 15/1/2015 Related URL.
  • Salesa, D. I. (2014). The Pacific in Indigenous Time. Pacific Histories Ocean, Land, People (pp. 31-52). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Salesa, D. I. (2012). The World from Oceania. 389-404. 10.1002/9781118305492.ch26
  • Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., & Salesa, D. (Eds.) (2012). Tangata O Le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific. Wellington: Te Papa Press. Pages: 392.
  • Salesa, D. I. (2012). Opposite Footers: Afterword. In K. Fullagar (Ed.) Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations Since the Eighteenth Century (pp. 285-302). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Salesa, D. I. (2012). The World from Oceania. In D. T. Northrop (Ed.) A Companion to World History (pp. 392-404). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Salesa, D. I. (2012). Race. In P. Levine, J. Marriott (Eds.) Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories (pp. 429-448). Burlington, Vermont, USA: Ashgate.

Contact details

Primary location

THE CLOCKTOWER - SOUTH WING - Bldg 105S
Level 1, Room 145
22 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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