Toeolesulusulu Damon Ieremia Salesa (born in Auckland, New Zealand) is a head Professor at Auckland University’s Centre of Pacific Studies and the author of a number of books on the History of the Pacific, and on the British and U.S. empires. Trained as both an historian of nineteenth century empire, and as an historian of the Pacific Islands, his research and teaching interests still broadly follow these paths.
Salesa has a particular interest in the history of Samoa, particularly its social and cultural history, and he is currently working on two manuscripts that address its nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history. One of Salesa’s most recent work, Racial Crossings, was published by Oxford University Press in April, 2011.
Salesa completed his B.A and M.A (Honours) in History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and then went on to Oxford University, United Kingdom, as a Rhodes Scholar where he completed his D.Phil in 2001.
Salesa spent the last ten years from 2002-2011 as an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, United States. He returned to New Zealand as Associate Professor at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Pacific Studies.
Highlights and Awards:
- First Rhodes Scholar of Samoan and Pacific Island descent
- Won the 2012 Ernest Scott Prize at the annual Australian History Association Conference in Adelaide for his book: Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage, and the Victorian British Empire (Oxford Historical Monographs)
Source – Damon Salesa American Lake blog, The University of Auckland (Damon Salesa)