Geoff White

Geoffrey White, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Office: Saunders Hall 316
Phone: 956-8415
Email (Personal):

General Interests
Current Research
Selected Publications


I received my B.A. from Princeton in 1971 and PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1978. At San Diego I discovered the Pacific and began research in the Solomon Islands where I continue to work in addition to current projects at Pearl Harbor and in Normandy, France. Having served as professor and department chair for some years, I am now emeritus professor of anthropology and affiliate faculty with the Certificate Program in International Cultural Studies. My involvement with national organizations includes service on the editorial boards of the American Ethnologist and Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

General Interests

The politics and ideology of culture; historical discourse; war memory; emotion; tourism; Pacific Island societies; America; France.

Current Research and Projects

The main focus of my current research is Pacific and American memory of World War II, including work in Solomon Islands, Pearl Harbor and Normandy, France. My research at Pearl Harbor has been facilitated by involvement with the National Park Service and its nonprofit partner Pacific Historic Parks. Working with these organizations from 2004 to 2010 I directed or co-directed a series of summer workshops supported with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Freeman Foundation, including "History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War" hosted at the East West Center in 2010.

Selected Publications

2016 Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. (in press).

2015 Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Politics in Contemporary Oceania. Oxford: Sean Kingston Press (edited with Edvard Hviding).

2015 Traveling War. Special Issue of History & Memory Vol. 27, No. 2 (co-edited with Eveline Bucheim).

2015 Epilogue: Fieldwork Today. IN: At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands. S. Finney, G. Pigliasco and M. Mostafanezhad and F. Young, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Pp. 294-297.

2015 The Coastwatcher Mythos: The Politics and Poetics of Solomon Islands War Memory. IN: Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands. G. Carr and K. Reeves, eds. London: Routledge. Pp. 194-218.

2014 Anniversaries: Performing the Past (and Present and Future). The American Historian. Issue #2. November: 36-39.

2014 Les Artefacts de la Guerre: Art, échange et politique pendant la seconde guerre mondiale. IN L’Éclat des Ombres: L’art en noir et blanc des Îles Salomon. S. Revolon and M. Mélandri, eds. Paris: SAS SOMOGY Éditions d'Art. (co-authored with David Akin, in press). Pp. 62-72. (for original English version click here)

2012 Church, Chiefs and State in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands. In The Politics of Christianity in Oceania. Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall, eds. New York: Berghahn Book. Pp. 171-197.

2012 Civilizations on the Seine: Sally Price’s Paris Primitive. Museum Anthropology Review 6(1).

2011 Education and Commemoration: Notes on the Pearl Harbor Workshops. In Narrating Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, and Education. Yujin Yaguchi, Takeo Morimo, and Kyoko Nakayama, eds. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press (in Japanese)

2011 Solomon Islands Cultural Policy?: A Brief History of Practice. In Social Movements, Cultural Heritage and the State in Oceania. E. Hviding & K.M. Rio, eds. Oxford: Sean Kingston Publishing. Pp. 273-299 (with Lawrence Foana'ota).

2010 Binational Pearl Harbor?: Tora! Tora! Tora! and the Fate of (Trans)national Memory. The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus Vol 8, Issue 52 No 2, December 27, 2010. (with Marie Thorsten)

2010 Disciplining Emotion. Emotion Review 2(4): 375-376.

2010 Conjuring Oceania. The Contemporary Pacific 22(1):108-111.

2008 Forward. We Are the Ocean: Selected Works. Epeli Hau’ofa. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Pp ix-xx.

2006 Indigenous Governance in Melanesia. Discussion Paper. State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Project. Australian National University. 16 pp.

2006 Landscapes of Power: National Memorials and the Domestication of Affect. City & Society 18(1): 50-61.

2006 Memory Moments. In The Immanent  Past: Culture and Psyche at the Juncture of Memory and History, Special Issue edited by K. Birth. Ethos 34(2): 325-341.

2005 Emotive Institutions. In A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change. C. Casey & R. Edgerton, eds. London: Blackwell. Pp. 241-254.

2004 National Subjects: September 11 and Pearl Harbor. American Ethnologist 31(3).

2003 Pearl Harbor and September 11: War Memory and American Patriotism in the 9-11 Era. In Laura Hein and Daizaburo Yui, eds. Crossed Memories: Perspectives on 9/11 and American Power. Tokyo: Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo. Pp. 2-29. published online at Japan Focus; and Znet magazine.

2002 Disney's Pearl Harbor: National Memory at the Movies. The Public Historian 24(4): 97-115.

2001 Public History and Globalization: Ethnography at the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor. Cultural Resource Management 24(5):9-13.

2001 Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (edited with T. Fujitani and L. Yoneyama).

2000 Voyaging in the Contemporary Pacific. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (edited with D. Hanlon).

1997 Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific Leadership and the Postcolonial State. Stanford: Stanford University Press. (edited with L. Lindstrom)

1996 War Remains: The Culture of Preservation in the Southwest Pacific. Cultural Resource Management 24(5):9-13.

1995 Memory Wars: The Politics of Remembering the Asia/Pacific war. East-West Center Issue Paper No. 21 (July)

1994 Culture, Kastom, Tradition: Cultural Policy in Melanesia. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific (edited with L. Lindstrom).

1992 New Directions in Psychological Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (edited with T. Schwartz & C. Lutz).

1991 Identity Through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1990 Island Encounters: Black and White Memories of the Pacific War. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. (co-authored with L. Lindstrom).

1990 Disentangling: Conflict Discourse in Pacific Societies. Stanford: Stanford University Press. (edited with K. Watson-Gegeo).

1989 The Pacific Theater: Island Representations of World War II. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, and Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press (edited with L. Lindstrom; recipient of the 1992 Masayoshi Ohira Prize).

1988 The Big Death: Solomon Islanders Remember World War II. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific (edited with David Akin, David Gegeo and Karen Watson-Gegeo). (pdf)

1988 Cheke Holo (Maringe/Hograno) Dictionary. Canberra: ANU Pacific Linguistics, Series C, No. 97 (with F. Kokhonigita and H. Pulomana).

1988 Taem Blong Faet: World War II in Melanesia. Special Issue of 'O'o: Journal of Solomon Islands Studies. No. 4. (Hugh Laracy and Geoffrey White, Editors).

1987 Pacific Encounters: Island Memories of World War II. Honolulu: East-West Center.

1985 Person, Self and Experience: Exploring Pacific Ethnopsychologies. Berkeley: University of California Press (edited with J. Kirkpatrick).