Katerina Teaiwa is Associate Professor in Pacific Studies in the Gender, Media and

Cultural Studies program, School of Culture, History and Language,

College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

She has a PhD in Anthropology, a Masters in Pacific Islands Studies,

and a Bachelors of Science. 


She is a visual artist currently touring her research based multimedia exhibition 

Project Banaba commissioned by Carriageworks in 2017 and curated by Yuki Kihara.

In 2019 Yuki collaborated with Jess Mio to curate PB for MTG Hawke's Bay in New Zealand.


Katerina also has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and is co-founder of

the Oceania Dance Theatre at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji with the late

Seiuli Allan Alo. She writes, tweets and speaks regularly on Pacific regionalism, the arts, issues of historical justice, climate change, cultural policy, indigeneity, diaspora, displacement, colonial resistance, and representations of Pacific peoples. 


She is author of Consuming Ocean Island: stories of people and phosphate from Banaba.

Katerina was born and raised in Fiji and is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent.


1999-2003  PhD, Australian National University

1996-1998    MA, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

1992-1996     BS, Santa Clara University 


Present         Associate Professor, Australian National University

Present         Vice-President,  Australian Association for Pacific Studies

2003-06     Postdoctoral fellow, University of Canterbury

2006             Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Creative Works

2019      Project Banaba, MTG Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (visual arts)

2017      Project Banaba, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia (visual arts)

2009     Mother, National Gallery of Australia  (dancer)

2007-18   "This land is my land, this land is your land" in Tagata O' le Moana  Peoples of the Pacific, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa (film)

2007     Kainga Tahi, Kainga Rua by Brett Graham, Adam Art Gallery (research & film)

2003     Visualising te kainga, dancing te kainga, ANU PhD thesis (7 short films, 90 min)

2002     Salt Water Feet, with Julia Gray & Teresia Teaiwa, New York University (choreographer, dancer)

2001-02  The Boiling Ocean I & II, Oceania Dance Theatre, Canberra & Honolulu (dancer)  

Arts Related Publications

Teaiwa, K. 2018. “Our Rising Sea of Islands: Pan-Pacific regionalism in the age of climate change,” Pacific Studies, Vol. 41 Nos 1-2, 26-54.

Stevenson, K. and Teaiwa, K, eds. 2017. The Festival of Pacific Arts: Celebrating Over Forty Years of Cultural Heritage. Suva: Secretariat of the Pacific Community & USP Press.

Teaiwa, K. and J. Vile. 2017. “New Pacific Portraits: Voices from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts,” in Kalissa Alexeyeff and John Taylor, eds. Touring the Pacific, Canberra: ANU Press. 

Stupples, P. and Teaiwa, K, eds. 2016. Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development. London and New York: Routledge.

Teaiwa, K. 2016.  “Niu Mana: sport, media and the Australian diaspora,” in New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures, Matt Tomlinson and Ty Tengan, eds. Canberra: ANU Press.

Teaiwa, K. 2014. Review Essay: “Reflections on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara,” Journal of Pacific History, 49:3, 347-353.

Teaiwa, K. 2014. “Culture Moves? The Festival of Pacific Arts and Dance Remix in Oceania,” Dance Research Aotearoa, Vol. 2, No.1: 2-19. 

Teaiwa, K. 2012. “Choreographing Difference: the (body) politics of Banaban dance,” The Contemporary Pacific,Vol. 24, No.1: 65- 94. 

Teaiwa, K. 2012. “Cultural Development and Cultural Observatories in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)” in The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformation since the Eighteenth Century, Kate Fullagar, ed., Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 256- 282.

Teaiwa, K. 2011. “Choreographing Oceania,” Islands as Crossroads: Sustaining Cultural Diversity in Small Island Developing States, Tim Curtis, ed., Paris: UNESCO Publications, 138-151.

Teaiwa, K. 2008. “Salt Water Feet: the flow of dance in Oceania,” in Deep Blue: reflections on nature, religion and water, Andrew Francis and Slyvie Shaw eds., London, Equinox Pub. Ltd.

Teaiwa, K. 2010. “Challenges to Dance! Choreographing History in Oceania,” the Annual Greg Dening Memorial Lecture 2010, Melbourne Historical Journal, Vol. 38: 19-36.

Teaiwa, K. 2009. “Challenges to Dance,” in Remembering Greg Dening, The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 21: 2, 311-314.

Teaiwa, K. 2007. “On Sinking, Swimming, Floating, Flying and Dancing: the Potential of Cultural Industries in the Pacific Islands,” in Pacific Economic Bulletin, Vol. 22 (2) 140-151.