BA (USP), MA (USP), PhD (USP)
Melanesian identity, labour trade, oceania, ethnicity, poverty
Anawaite Matadradra is from the Fiji Islands and provides teaching support to the History Discipline within the School of Law and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Politics and a Master of Arts in Development Studies (USP). Her PhD thesis titled, “Melanesians on the Margins: A comparative study of Melanesian communities in Fiji and Samoa” documents and examines an aspect of the history of the labour trade and growth of plantations in Fiji and Samoa from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She examined the historical evolution of their identity, the social and economic status, and prospects of these Melanesian minorities in their newly formed communities. Labour migration history, Oceania history, ethnicity, poverty, children, and social protection measures are among her research interests.