Jan Rensel

Jan Rensel

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Background
Research Interests
Publications

Background:

I received my B.A. in Environmental Studies and Education at The Evergreen State College in 1974, and after working for several years in environmental education came to the University of Hawaii for an M.A. (1985) and PhD (1994) in cultural anthropology. My dissertation field work was on the island of Rotuma (Fiji) and I have continued to do research among Rotuman expatriate communities in collaboration with my husband, Alan Howard. I am the managing editor of the publications program for the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and archivist for the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania.

Research Interests:

socioeconomic history, housing change, migrant communities

Selected Writings:

2007. Island Legacy: A History of the Rotuman People (with Alan Howard). Vancouver, BC: Trafford Publishing.

2004. Contextualizing Histories: Our Rotuman Experience (with Alan Howard). In Back in the Field Again: Long-term Fieldwork in Oceanic Anthropology, guest edited by John Barker and Alan Howard. Special Issue of Pacific Studies 27 (3/4): 11–36.

2004. Rotuman Identity in the Electronic Age (with Alan Howard). In Shifting Images of Identity in the Pacific, edited by Toon van Meijl and Jelle Miedema, 219-236. Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

2001. Where Has Rotuman Culture Gone? And What is it Doing There? (with Alan Howard) Pacific Studies 24 (1/2):63-88.

1998. Rotuman culture as reflected in its sayings (with Alan Howard). In Faeag 'es Fuaga: Rotuman Proverbs, compiled and translated by Elizabeth K. Inia, edited by Alan Howard and Jan Rensel. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1998. Une profondeur qui s'arrete à surface de la peau: ordre social et corps à Rotuma (Only skin deep: The body and social order on Rotuma) (with Alan Howard). In La production du corps: Approaches anthropologiques et historiques, edited by Maurice Godelier and Michel Panoff. Edition des archives contemporaines. Amsterdam: OPA (Overseas Publishers Association).

1997. Rotuma (with Alan Howard). In Fiji in Transition, edited by Brij V. Lal and Tomasi R. Vakatora. Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, vol. 1. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific.

1997. Ritual status and power politics in modern Rotuma (with Alan Howard). In Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific Leadership and the Postcolonial State, edited by Geoffrey White and Lamont Lindstrom. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

1997. Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific, edited by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1997. From thatch to cement: Social implications of housing change on Rotuma. In Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific, edited by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1997. Introduction. In Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific, edited by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1994. Rotuma in the 1990s: From Hinterland to Neighborhood (with Alan Howard). Journal of the Polynesian Society 103(3):227-254.

1994. Rotuma: Interpreting a Wedding (with Alan Howard). In Portraits of Culture: Ethnographic Originals, edited by Melvin Ember, Carol Ember, and David Levinson. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.

1993. The Fiji Connection: Migrant Involvement in the Economy of Rotuma. Pacific Viewpoint 34(2):215-240.

1991. Animals as Metaphors in Rotuman Sayings (with Alan Howard). In Man and a Half: Essays in Pacific Anthropology and Ethnobiology in Honor of Ralph Bulmer, edited by Andrew Pawley. Auckland: Polynesian Society.