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Associate Professor, Australian National University

Katerina Teaiwa is Associate Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. Her research is on histories of imperial phosphate mining in Kiribati and the ensuing displacement and creative survival of Banabans on Rabi in Fiji. She has also been a consultant with UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on cultural mapping, planning and policy in Oceania. She was President of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies 2012-2017 and is currently Vice-President. Katerina is author of "Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba" (2015) and editor with Polly Stupples of "Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development" (2017). She has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and in November 2017 held her first solo visual arts exhibition, "Project Banaba", at Carriageworks in Sydney, curated by Yuki Kihara. Katerina is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Australian National University


  • 2003 
    Australian National University, PhD Anthropology