School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)


Dr. Robert Nicole

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Tel: 323-2086

Office: 014-243

Email: robert.nicole(at)

Robert Nicole is an inter-disciplinary scholar with an academic background in Literature, History, and Politics. He is a proud graduate of the University of the South Pacific (BA and MA) and the University of Canterbury (PhD). Following his first term of service to USP from 1989 to 2006, Robert moved to New Zealand where he held positions at the University of Canterbury (2006-2008) and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (2008-2011). He joined SGDIA in 2013 where he currently coordinates 100 and 200 level courses in Politics. Robert’s publications span several disciplines including Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, History and Politics. His current research interests are in Pacific and Fiji History. He is working on a study of War and Peace in Fiji’s pre-Christian era.


Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • BA GCED - University of the South Pacific
  • Post-graduate Diploma (Literature and Language) - University of the South Pacific
  • MA (Literature) – University of the South Pacific
  • PhD (History) - University of Canterbury – New Zealand



  • PL 100 – Politics and Government
  • PL202 – Political Ideologies



MA/PhD Supervision

MA/PhD Supervision

PhD supervisions:

Anurag Subramani: “Carnivalising History”

MA (SRP) supervisions:

Premila Devi: “Politics of Language: An archival study of the rise of English language to dominance in Fiji and its implications and effects on Fijians.”



    • People’s History
    • History of Fiji
    • Resistance Movements
    • Politics of International Trade
    • Francophone Oceania
    • Family History




2016 - Sifting Through the Archives: A family History. Suva: Self-published. 

2011 - Disturbing History: Resistance in Early Colonial Fiji. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2001 - Niu Waves: Contemporary Writing From Oceania. Edited by Robert Nicole. Suva: Pacific Writing Forum and Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture.

2000 - The Word, the Pen, and the Pistol: Literature and Power in Tahiti. New York: State University of New York Press.

Selected Articles:

2016 - “Fidji de la compatibilité entre coutume et démocracie: Observations Historiques.” in Diversité de la démocratie. Théorie et comparatisme : les pays de la Mélanésie. Ed. Florence Faberon-Tourette. Clermont-Ferrand : Les éditions du Centre Michel de l’Hospital. Pp 317-335.

2016 - “The People Versus the Commission: Resistance to Land Registration in Fiji’s Early Colonial History.” in Belonging vs Property: Oceanians’ New Relationships with their Land and their Environment. Noumea: Presses Universitaires de Nouvelle Caledonie.

2015 - “Foreword.” in Men in Black: A History of Ba FA – 1935-2015. By Mohit Prasad. Ba: Ba Football Association.

2010 - With Peter Hempenstall and Terence Wesley-Smith, “E-learning and the Remaking of Pacific Studies: an Evolutionary Tale” in Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning Across Asia and the Pacific. John Goss and Terence Wesley-Smith, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

2006 - “Introduction” in Boenando, a play by Jean-Marie Tjibaou. Suva: Pacific Writing Forum.

2004 - “Woodland Fairies, Mekes, and Cricket Clubs: How Luveniwai Subverted Fiji’s Colonial Order” in SPAN. Vol. 53 (April).

2000 - “Indigenous Writing in Tahiti” in The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. Lal, Brij V., and Kate Fortune, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1999 - “Resisting Orientalism: Pacific Literature in French” in Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific. Vilsoni Hereniko and Rob Wilson, eds. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc..

1998 - “SPICOL: Building a Learning Community Through Simulations” in HERDSA News. November.


Selected Book Reviews:

2016 - In Journal of Pacific Studies, 36: 1. Review of Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte’s (eds) The New Pacific Diplomacy.

2014 - In Journal of Pacific History, 59: 1. Review of Farzana Gounder’s Indentured Identities: Resistance and Accommodation in Plantation - era Fiji.

2012 - In The Journal of Pacific History. Volume 47:2 (April). Review of Viviane Fayaud’s Le Paradis Autour de Paul Gauguin.

2005 - In The Journal of the Polynesian Society. Volume 114:2 (June). Review of Noenoe K. Silva’s Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism.

2003 - In Asia Pacific Viewpoint Volume 44:2 (August). Review of John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan’s Represented Communities: Fiji and World Decolonization.

2003 - With Gina Balawanilotu and Anurag Subramani, in The Contemporary Pacific. Volume 15:1. Review of Robert Borovsky (ed.) Remembrance of Pacific Pasts: An Invitation the Remake History.

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