Teresia Teaiwa

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Teresia Teaiwa is an I-Kiribati and American poet and academic. The University of Oregon describes her as "a groundbreaking scholar in the research of the culture of the Pacific Islands".[1] Teaiwa was born in Honolulu to an I-Kiribati father and an African American mother. She was subsequently raised in Fiji.

She obtained a PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001, on the topic "Militarism, Tourism and the Native: Articulations in Oceania".[2]

She taught history and politics for five years at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, before moving to New Zealand to teach Pacific studies at Victoria University. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at Victoria University. She is also co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.[3][4]

The Guardian in April 2009 described her as one of Kiribati's "living national icons".[5]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • James Liu, Tim McCreanor, Tracey McIntosh and Teresia Teaiwa (eds), New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2005.


  • Teresia Teaiwa, Searching for Nei Nim'anoa (poetry), 1995
  • Teresia Teaiwa, I can see Fiji: poetry and sound (CD of poetry), featuring Des Mallon, sound design by Hinemoana Baker
  • Vilsoni Hereniko and Teresia Teaiwa, Last virgin in paradise : a serious comedy, 2001, ISBN 982-02-0317-1
  • Teresia Teaiwa, "Real Natives Talk about Love” (creative non-fiction), in Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1. Wellington: Huia, 2006: 35–40. ISBN 1-86969-254-3

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Pacific Island scholar Teresia Teaiwa to speak at University of Oregon", University of Oregon website, October 5, 2006
  2. ^ "Teresia K. Teaiwa", website of the University of Vienna
  3. ^ "Teresia Teaiwa", Victoria University website
  4. ^ "Micronesian Scholar Dr. Teresia Teaiwa Returns To Guam", Pacific News Centre, August 23, 2011
  5. ^ "Country profile: Kiribati", The Guardian, April 22, 2009