Assoc Prof Katerina Teaiwa

Associate Professor, School of Culture, History & Language
Vice-President, Australian Association for Pacific Studies

Katerina is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American heritage born and raised in Fiji. She is Associate Professor and Deputy Director - Higher Degree Research Training in the School of Culture, History and Language.

She was founder and convener of the Pacific Studies teaching program at ANU 2007-2015, Head of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies, founder of the Pasifika Australia Outreach Program, and co-founder and co-chair of the ANU Family Friendly Committee.

Katerina's commentary on Pacific issues has been published in the Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, ABC Drum, Foreign Affairs and Australian Outlook. She has been a consultant with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UNESCO & DFAT on cultural policy and sustainable development, and Austraining International and ANU Enterprise on cross cultural and development training for Australian Volunteers International. In 2020 she joined the Board of New Zealand's Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

Katerina also has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and was a founding member of the Oceania Dance Theatre at the University of the South Pacific. She is currently a practising visual artist with an ongoing research-based exhibition "Project Banaba" originally commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney, and curated by Yuki Kihara.

Katerina was President of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies 2012-2017 and is currently Vice-President.

She is Chair of the Oceania Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Art Editor for The Contemporary Pacific: a journal of Island Affairs, and editorial board member of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

In 2019 Katerina was awarded the College of Asia and the Pacific's Teaching Excellence Award. The Pacific Women's Professional and Business Network of NSW awarded her "Educator 2020".

Research interests


  • Teaiwa, K 2019, 'No Distant Future: Climate change as an existential threat', Australian Foreign Affairs, no. 6, pp. 51-70.
  • Allen, M, Teaiwa, K, Koya-Vaka'uta, C et al. 2018, The rush for Oceania: critical perspectives on contemporary oceans governance and stewardship.
  • Teaiwa, K 2018, 'For Fiji women scholars who are brilliant and strong and weary', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 260-262pp.
  • Teaiwa, K 2018, 'Our Rising Sea of Islands: Pan-Pacific Regionalism in the Age of Climate Change', Pacific Studies, vol. 41, no. 1-2, pp. 26-54.
  • Teaiwa, K, Henderson, A & Wesley-Smith, T 2018, 'Teresia K. Teawa: A Bibliography', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 103-107.
  • Stevenson, K & Teaiwa, K, eds, 2017, The Festival of Pacific Arts: Celebrating over 40 years of Cultural Heritage, USP Press, Suva.
  • Teaiwa, K 2017, 'Engaging the Festival of Pacific Arts: Opportunities in Pedagogy and Policy', in Karen Stevenson and Katerina Teaiwa (ed.), The Festival of Pacific Arts: Celebrating over 40 years of Cultural Heritage, USP Press, Suva, pp. 223-230.
  • Stupples, P & Teaiwa, K, eds, 2017, Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Teaiwa, K 2017, 'Interview with Katerina Teaiwa by Teresia K. Teaiwa for Microwomen', Symposium on Communicating and Designing the Future of Food in the Anthropocene, ed. Reinhold Leinfelder, Alexandra Hamman, Jens Kirstein, Marc Schleunitz , CH. A. Bachmann Verlag, Barleben, Germany, pp. 98-110.
  • Teaiwa, K & Huffer, E 2017, 'Structuring the Culture Sector in the Pacific Islands', in Polly Stupples and Katerina Teaiwa (ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 64-81 pp..
  • Teaiwa, K & Stupples, P 2017, 'Introduction: on Art and International Development', in Polly Stupples and Katerina Teaiwa (ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 1-24 pp..
  • Teaiwa, K 2016, 'Niu Mana, Sport, Media and the Australian Diaspora', in Matt Tomlinson and Ty P. Kawika Tengan (ed.), New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 107-130.
  • Teaiwa, K & Vile, J 2016, 'New Pacific Portraits: Voices from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts', in Kalissa Alexyeff and John Taylor (ed.), Touring Pacific Cultures, ANU Press, Acton, Australia, pp. 267-290 pp.
  • Teaiwa, K 2015, 'Ruining Pacific Islands: Australia's Phosphate Imperialism', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 374-391.
  • Teaiwa, K 2015, Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba, Indiana University Press, Indiana, USA.
  • Teaiwa, K 2014, 'Postcolonial Cultural Identities in the Pacific', in Charles Hawksley and Nichole Georgeou (ed.), The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific (3rd ed), Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia, pp. 41-44.
  • Teaiwa, K 2014, 'Culture Moves? The Festival of Pacific Arts and Dance Remix in Oceania', Dance Research Aotearoa, vol. 2, no. 2014, pp. 2-19.
  • Teaiwa, K 2014, 'Reframing Oceania: Lessons from Pacific Studies', in Hilary E Kahn (ed.), Framing the global: entry points for research, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, pp. 67-96.
  • Teaiwa, K 2014, 'Reflections on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts Honiara, Solomon Islands, 1-14 July 2012', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 347-353.
  • Teaiwa, K 2013, 'INTERVIEW - Five Questions with Katerina Teaiwa'.
  • Teaiwa, K 2013, 'Recovering Ocean Island', in Paul Longley Arthur (ed.), International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 87-100.
  • Teaiwa, K 2012, 'Cultural Development and Cultural Observatories in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States', in Kate Fullagar (ed.), The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 256-282.
  • Teaiwa, K 2012, 'Choreographing Difference: The (Body) Politics of Banaban Dance', The Contemporary Pacific, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 65-94.
  • Teaiwa, K 2012, 'Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluating Cultural Policies: A Pacific Toolkit'. European Union and Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Suva.
  • Teaiwa, K 2011, 'Culture and Development in the Pacific: (dance) lessons from Rabi and Ocean Island', International Austronesian Conference 2011, National Donghua University, Taipei Taiwan, pp. 75-89.
  • Teaiwa, K 2011, An Interview with Interdisciplinary Artist Shigeyuki Kihara.
  • Henderson, A, Mallon, S & Teaiwa, K 2011, 'Dancing Gender, Culture and Identity: The Art and Politics of Moving Bodies in Oceania', Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in the Asia and the Pacific, no. 27.
  • Teaiwa, K 2011, 'Choreographing Oceania', in Tim Curtis (ed.), Islands as Crossroads: Sustaining Cultural Diversity in Small Island Developing States, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris France, pp. 143-158.
  • Teaiwa, K & Mercer, C 2011, Pacific Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy Toolkit, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and European Union, Noumea New Caledonia.
  • Teaiwa, K 2011, 'Recovering Ocean Island', Life Writing, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 87-100.
  • Teaiwa, K, Henderson, A & Mallon, S, eds, 2011, Dance, Gender and the Moving Body in Oceania. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, No. 27:
  • Teaiwa, K 2010, 'Challenges to Dance! Choreographing History in Oceania', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 38, pp. 19-36.
  • Teaiwa, K 2009, 'Challenges to Dance', The Contemporary Pacific, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 311-314.
  • Teaiwa, K 2008, 'Saltwater feet: the flow of dance in Oceania', in Slyvie Shaw and Andrew Francis (ed.), Deep Blue: Critical Reflections on Nature, Religion and Water, Equinox Publishing Ltd, London, UK and Oakville, CT, pp. 107-125.
  • Teaiwa, K, ed., 2007, Indigenous Encounters: reflections on relations between people in the Pacific, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
  • Teaiwa, K, Das Gupta, M & Gupta, C 2007, 'Margins and Migrations in South Asian Diasporas', Cultural Dynamics: Theory Cross-Cultures, vol. 19-2.
  • Das Gupta, M, Gupta, C & Teaiwa, K 2007, 'Rethinking South Asian Diaspora Studies', Cultural Dynamics: Theory Cross-Cultures, vol. 19, no. 2-3, pp. 125-140.
  • Teaiwa, K 2007, 'South Asia Down Under: Popular Kinship in Oceania', Cultural Dynamics: Theory Cross-Cultures, vol. 19, no. 2-3, pp. 193-232.
  • Teaiwa, K 2007, 'On Sinking, Swimming, Floating, Flying and Dancing: the Potential of Cultural Industries in the Pacific Islands', Pacific Economic Bulletin, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 140-151.
  • Teaiwa, K, Figueroa, E, Finin, G et al 2007, 'Islands of Globalization: Pacific and Caribbean Perspectives', Social and Economic Studies, vol. 56, no. 1&2, pp. 32-40.
  • Teaiwa, K 2005, 'Our Sea of Phosphate: The diaspora of Ocean Island', in Graham Harvey and Charles D Thompson Jr. (ed.), Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations: Unsettling Western Fixations, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, London, pp. 169-192.
  • Teaiwa, K 2004, 'Multi-sited Methodologies: Homework in Australia, Fiji and Kirribati', in Lynne Hume, Jane Mulcock (ed.), Anthropologists in the field: Cases in participant observation, Columbia University Press, New York, Chichester, West Sussex, pp. 216-233.
  • Teaiwa, K 2000, 'Banaban Island: paying the price for other peoples development', Indigenous Affairs, vol. 1, pp. 38-45.