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Professor Judy Bennett

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Room 2C10, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8607
Email judy.bennett@otago.ac.nz
 

Academic Qualifications

1980: PhD (History) Australian National University
 

Research Interests

Professor Bennett’s research interests are in Pacific History, Environmental History and Australia's and New Zealand's relations with the Pacific Islands.

Judy’s most recent books include Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns: Home thoughts Abroad, which she edited in 2015, which considers human mobility and its social meanings in the Pacific.

Judy was the lead investigator of her first Marsden-funded project, entitled "Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and US servicemen” with Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla in 2010-2012. That book has been published by University of Hawaii Press and the University of Otago Press (2016)
If you are looking for further information on the Mothers' Darlings research project, or you are looking for your American serviceman father or relative, please follow this link:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/usfathers

and see Youtube: Children of Conflict, a documentary shown in Maori TV on Anzac Day 2014 which traces the experiences of some of the children of the wartime Pacific.

Currently leading her second Marsden project (2015-2017: Constant coconuts), the project focuses on the history of the coconut and its related commodities in the tropical Pacific and seeks to discover the meanings and implications attached to these commodities along the chain from producer to consumer.

 

Research Profile

• Former co-editor and current board member of 'The Journal of Pacific History' (Canberra).
• Editorial Board of 'Pacific Affairs' (Vancouver).
• Assessor of Pacific-related applications for the Australian Research Council.
• Referee for 'Agricultural History' (USA), 'Pacific Studies' (Hawaii), 'Global Environmental Politics' (Sydney).
• Board member of the Pacific History Association.
• Member of the Forest History Society
• Member of the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.
 

Areas of Research Supervision

Professor Bennett can work with students in the areas of Pacific history and environmental history.
 

 

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Publications

Bennett, J. A. (2017). [Review of the book Niue 1774–1974: 200 years of contact and change]. Pacific Affairs, 90(3), 637-639. [Book Review].

Bennett, J. (2017, January). Voices of Rotuma: Enduring refrain. Verbal presentation at the Valued Coconuts Symposium and Workshop: Hear Our Voices, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Wanhalla, A. & Bennett, J. (2017, March). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific. Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2016). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 424p.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). Bora Bora: "Like a dream". In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 31-41). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Authored Book - Research

Bennett, J. A. (2009). Natives and exotics: World War II and environment in the southern Pacific. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 439p.

Bennett, J. A. (2000). Pacific Forest: A History of Resource Control and Contest in Solomon Islands, c.1800-1997. Brill Academic, Leiden: White Horse Press, Cambridge, 512p.

Bennett, J. A. (1999). Solomons Islands History: Christianity and Colonialism. Honiara: Curriculum Development Centre, 100p.

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Edited Book - Research

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2016). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 424p.

Bennett, J. A. (Ed.). (2015). Oceanian journeys and sojourns: Home thoughts abroad. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 408p.

Bayliss-Smith, T., & Bennett, J. A. (Eds.). (2012). An Otago storeman in Solomon Islands: The diary of William Crossan, copra trader, 1885-86. Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press, 95p.

Ballantyne, T., & Bennett, J. A. (Eds.). (2005). Landscape/community: Perspectives from New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 181p.

Bennett, J. A., & Russell, K. J. (Eds.). (2003). Journeys in a small canoe: The life and times of a Solomon Islander [by L. M. Gina]. Canberra: Pandanus Books, 301p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Bennett, J. A. (2016). Bora Bora: "Like a dream". In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 31-41). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Wanhalla, A., Bennett, J. A., & Anderson, R. (2016). Epilogue. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 300-308). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). No Bali Ha'i: New Hebrides. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 118-145). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). Wallis (Uvea) Island: A different kind of love story. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 146-164). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). War surplus? New Zealand and American children of indigenous women in Sāmoa, the Cook Islands, and Tokelau. In K. Pickles & C. Coleborne (Eds.), New Zealand Pacific empire. (pp. 179-194). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). The Solomon Islands: Off the radar. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 228-242). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). Prologue: War comes to the Pacific. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. xxi-xxiv). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). On the atolls: Gilbert Islands. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 270-299). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (2016). Introduction: A new net goes fishing. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 1-30). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2016). Tonga in the time of the Americans. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 165-182). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2015). Seeking the heart of mobility. In J. A. Bennett (Ed.), Oceanian journeys and sojourns: Home thoughts abroad. (pp. 10-36). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Bennett, J. A. (2015). John Burke, historian and collector: Taking Solomon Islands back to the United States after World War II. In J. A. Bennett (Ed.), Oceanian journeys and sojourns: Home thoughts abroad. (pp. 246-275). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Bennett, J. A., Leckie, J., & Wanhalla, A. (2015). Mothers' darlings: Secrets and silences in the wake of the Pacific War. In C. Twomey & E. Koh (Eds.), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, remembrance and culture. (pp. 214-232). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Bennett, J. A. (2014). A vanishing people or a vanishing discourse? W.H.R. Rivers’s ‘psychological factor’ and the depopulation of the Solomon Islands and the New Hebrides. In E. Hviding & C. Berg (Eds.), The ethnographic experiment: A. M. Hocart and W. H. R. Rivers in island Melanesia, 1908. (pp. 214-251). New York: Berghahn Books.

Bennett, J. A. (2012). 'Inevitable erosion of heroes and landmarks': An end to the politics of Allied war memorials in Tarawa? In M. Gegner & B. Ziino (Eds.), The heritage of war. (pp. 88-106). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Bennett, J. A. (2011). The American imperial threat to New Zealand's Pacific dependencies in World War Two. In I. Conrich & D. Alessio (Eds.), New Zealand, France and the Pacific. (pp. 41-57). Nottingham, UK: Kakapo Books.

Bennett, J. A. (2006). Framing the exotic. In P. Ahrens (Ed.), Tour of paradise: An American soldier in the South Pacific. (pp. 21-30). Queensland, Australia: Vulgar Press.

Ballantyne, T., & Bennett, J. A. (2005). Introduction. In T. Ballantyne & J. A. Bennett (Eds.), Landscape/community: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 9-16). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press.

Bennett, J. (2005). From ignorance to intervention: The role of Australia. In J. Henderson & G. Watson (Eds.), Securing a peaceful Pacific. (pp. 430-441). Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

Bennett, J. A. (2004). Pests and disease in the Pacific War: Crossing the line. In R. P. Tucker & E. Russell (Eds.), Natural enemy, natural ally: Towards an environmental history of war. (pp. 217-251). Oregon State University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Bennett, J. A. (2009). Japanese wartime internees in New Zealand: Fragmenting Pacific Island families. Journal of Pacific History, 44(1), 61-76. doi: 10.1080/00223340902900795

Bennett, J. A. (2006). Gorai and population decline in the Shortlands: A reply to Peter Sack. Journal of Pacific History, 41(1), 97-102. doi: 10.1080/00223340600652482

Bennett, J. A. (2006). Malaria, medicine, and Melanesians: Contested hybrid spaces in World War II. Health & History, 8(1), 27-55. Retrieved from http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/hah/8.1/bennett.htl

Bennett, J. A. (2005). Big picture, myopic gaze: Histories of the Solomons' crisis. Journal of Pacific Studies, 28(1), 118-133.

Bennett, J. A. (2004). Fears and aspirations: US Military Intelligence operations in the South Pacific, 1941-1945. Journal of Pacific History, 39(3), 283-307.

Bennett, J. A. (2003). Local resource use in the Pacific War with Japan: Logging in Western Melanesia. War & Society, 21(1), 83-118.

Bennett, J. A. (2002). Wartime Emergency and the Displacement of Indians in Fiji: Cost and Compensation. Journal of Pacific History, 37(2), 205-219.

Bennett, J. A. (2001). War, emergency and the environment: Fiji, 1939-1946. Environment & History, 7, 255-287.

Bennett, J. A. (2001). Germs or rations? Beriberi and Japanese Labor Experiment in Colonial Fiji and Queensland. Pacific Studies, 24(3), 1-17.

Bennett, J. A. (2000). The grievous mistakes of the Vanikoro concession: The Vanikoro Kauri Timber Company, Solomon Islands, 1926-1964. Environment & History, 6(3), 317-347.

Bennett, J. A. (2000). Across the Bougainville strait: Commercial interests and colonial rivalry, c.1880-1960. Journal of Pacific History, 35(1), 67-82.

Bennett, J. A. (1996). Logging labour on Vanikoho, Solomon Islands: The achievements of "The most deeble in the commercial world" 1923-1964. Pacific Studies, 19(2), 1-36.

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Journal - Research Other

Bennett, J. A. (2017). [Review of the book Niue 1774–1974: 200 years of contact and change]. Pacific Affairs, 90(3), 637-639. [Book Review].

Bennett, J. A. (2015). [Review of the book The history manifesto]. Journal of Pacific History, 50(1), 98-99. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2015.1006550

Bennett, J. A. (2014). [Review of the book Once were Pacific: Māori connections to Oceania]. New Zealand Journal of History, 48(1), 144-145. [Book Review].

Bennett, J. A. (2014). [Review of the book Hollywood's South Seas and the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour]. Journal of Pacific History, 49(3), 368-369. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2014.944335

Bennett, J. A. (2013). [Review of the book: Pacific worlds: A history of seas, peoples, and cultures]. Pacific Affairs, 86(3), 694-696. [Book Review].

Bennett, J. A. (2013). Meditations: New directions in the study of the decolonisation of Melanesia. Journal of Pacific History, 48(3), 323-329. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2013.840430

Bennett, J. (2013). Pacific Research Protocols from the University of Otago [Introduction]. Contemporary Pacific, 25(1), 96-100.

Bennett, J., Brunton, M., Bryant-Tokalau, J., Sopoaga, F., Weaver, N., & Witte, G. (2013). Pacific Research Protocols from the University of Otago. Contemporary Pacific, 25(1), 95-124.

Bennett, J. A. (2012). [Review of the book Islanders: The Pacific in the age of empire]. Pacific Affairs, 85(4), 869-870. [Book Review].

Bennett, J. A. (2011). Author's response: War, damage, and environment: In the eye of the beholder? [Forum: Natives and exotics]. Journal of Pacific History, 46(1), 126-131. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2011.573641

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