I am a lecturer in the English Department at Dalarna University. I am originally from Wellington, New Zealand and have been teaching at Dalarna University since 2006. I mainly teach courses in literature and language proficiency. My academic background is in English, New Zealand and Pacific literature, Pacific affairs and political sociology. My research interests fall in the broad categories of Pacific and Indigenous studies, Media and Communication, and Cultural Studies. Before teaching at Dalarna University, I was a journalist, programme producer and presenter for nearly 20 years. Most of my career was in New Zealand covering regional Pacific affairs for organisations such as Radio New Zealand International. I also worked in Germany for Deustche Welle, and freelanced in Sweden for Agence France Press. Over the years, I reported on issues such as EU politics, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, East and South East Asian politics as well as political and social issues in the Pacific region.
- My Name is Gary Cooper, but it is also Samoan, Part of: Transcultural Identity, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016. Chapter of book. .
- My Name is Samoan, Negotiating Modern Pacific Island Identities : 2015. Conference paper : popular science. .
- My name is Gary Cooper : Western popular culture and Samoan cultural identity, 2014. Conference paper. .
- An analysis of Samoan reaction to The Orator (O Le Tulafale)’s Fāgogo defining Samoan identity, 2013. Student thesis. .
- Laffing wif ’n at da Fob, paht hooz da Fob? A discussion of the comedy performances of The Laughing Samoans in New Zealand : (Laughing with and at the Fob, but who's the Fob?), The Stockholm 2013 Metaphor Festival, Stockholm University, 29 - 31 August 2013 : 2013. Conference paper. .