Interview with Alexander Mawyer

The editor of Contemporary Pacific, Alexander Mawyer, has been interviewed by the journals staff of the University of Hawai‘i Press. The introductory paragraph:

Photo by Alan MawyerAlexander Mawyers passion for Pacific Island studies is contagious​, and has led him to a prolific career in Hawai‘i and abroad​. As a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the University of Chicago, he has conducted research with the Mangarevan community in the Gambier and Society Islands of French Polynesia. He has also served as coeditor of Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia and contributed a chapter for the UH Press volume At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands. As an associate professor, he has worked on research involving the languages of Eastern Polynesia and sovereignty issues, and has served as co-director of the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific in Oceania at UH Mānoa. With Mawyer now at the helm as editor upon its 30th anniversary, and with the launch of a new website for the journal, we asked him to share his approach to gleaning and organizing the content for The Contemporary Pacific