Rotumans in Australia and New Zealand: The Problem of Community Formation. Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies 2(2):191-203. (2014)
The Culture of Graves on Rotuma. Journal of The Polynesian Society
125 (2): 93-114. (2016)
Issues of Concern to Rotumans Abroad: A View from the Rotuma Website. In Pacific Islands Diaspora, Identity, and Incorporation, edited by Jan Rensel and Alan Howard. Special issue, Pacific Studies 35:144-183. (2012)
The Rotuman Experience with Return Migration. In Mobilities of Return: Pacific Perspectives, edited by John Taylor and Helen Lee. Australia National University Press, pp. 45-73. (2017)
Being Rotuman on the Internet. Pacific Studies 40:373-407. (2017 )
Creating an Archive for Rotuma: A Personal Account. The Contemporary Pacific 31:142-15. (2019 )
Diaspora No More? The Role of Facebook in the Development of a Global Rotuman Community. Diaspora 20:176-202. (2019)
The Tactics of Faksoro: Rotuman Apology in Historical Perspective (with Jan Rensel)
Paper for the symposium “Righting Wrongs: Compensation, Apology and Retribution in Contemporary Pacific Societies,” Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania annual conference, Kona, Hawai‘i, 6-12 February 1996.
In this paper we explore the custom of faksoro (apology) Download PDF and the ways it has responded to demographic, political, economic, social and cultural changes in the extended Rotuman community. Specifically, we aim at documenting the shift from a socially consensual, highly ritualized implementation of faksoro to a more individualized, tactical use of the custom. For purposes of analysis we examine faksoro as one type of symbolic exchange.
The Parochialization of Memory: Commemorations of Rotuma's Colonial and Missionary Past (with Jan Rensel)
Paper for the symposium “Re/Configuring Memory: Generating History and Memorializing Identity in the Pacific,” Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania annual conference, Pensacola, Florida, 3-7 February 1998.
In this paper, we attempt to demonstrate, through the example of recent commemorations of Cession to Great Britain and Christian missionization, that despite macropolitical pressures to construct history in accordance with Fiji's national interests, important aspects of the Rotuman mythic code remain strong enough to color historical narratives in distinctive ways.
The Recent Rotuman Experience with Christianity (with Jan Rensel)
Paper for “Roundtable on Christianisation of Oceanian Societies,” convened by CREDO and CEIFR, École des Hautes Étude en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 27-28 May 1999.
An account of the recent introduction of several new Christian denominations to Rotuma (e.g., Assembly of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists) and its implications for social life on the island.
Youthful Visions: Place and Identity in Teenage Rotuman Poetry (with Jan Rensel)
Paper for session “The Poetics of Existence: Words and Images,” European Society for Oceanists conference, Verona, Italy, 10–12 July 2008.
The Valuation of Photographs: Rotuman Responses (with Jan Rensel)
Presented at the Symposium "Photographing Pacific Islanders," Association for Social
Anthropology in Oceania annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 5–9 February 2013.
An analysis of the value attributed to photographs of different types by Rotumans.
Rotumans in Europe: Festive Spaces (with Jan Rensel)
Paper for the session “Pacific Spaces: Performing Identities in Diasporic Networks,” European Society for Oceanists conference, Brussels, 24–27 June 2015.
A discussion of Rotuman gatherings in Europe and the ways in which they both deviate from and resemble typical Rotuman gatherings elsewhere, with particular attention to the processes of cultural bonding.
Summary of Rotuma Research, 1987–1991: Report to the Rotuma Council and Others Who Assisted (with Jan Rensel)
This report draws on census and other public records, historical accounts, prior
studies of Rotuman culture and migration, and 12 months of field research on Rotuma
between 1987 and 1991.
Report of online survey concerning views regarding Rotuman culture and language (with Matt Bray and Jan Rensel)
This paper is a report of results from an online survey conducted by Matthew Bray, who initiated
a Survey Monkey on 23 June 2012; it remained open until 30 January 2013.
Ambitions, Values, and Emotions as Expressed in Rotuman Student Essays, 1960
An analysis of essays written by Form III and Form IV students in 1960 on topics I suggested, including:
What kind of life do you want to have when you are an adult?
Which place would you like to live in most in the world, and why?
What do you think Rotuma will be like 20 years from now?
The dream I have most often and what I think it means.
Describe how you felt when someone who was close to you (a friend or relative) died.
Evocations of Home: Exporting Rotuman Cultural Sensibilities (with Jan Rensel)
A discussion of the importance of "home" in Rotuman culture, and the significance of place in people's sense of themselves.
The Arts of Rotuma
A description of Rotuman art forms at the time of European intrusion, including tatooing, the making of shell ornaments, bark cloth and fine mat manufacture, oratory, clowning, and singing and dancing. By the end of the 19th century some of these aspects of expressive culture had completely disappeared, while others were drastically altered.
Rotuman Arts (with Vilsoni Hereniko)
An alternate account of Rotuman art forms with more contextual historical information as background.