Sustainable development, social and political change in the Pacific; Governance and nation building; Contemporary Pacific affairs
Robert Kiste is an adjunct senior fellow in the Pacific Islands Development Program. He is a former director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i (1978 - 2002). He is the co-editor of the Pacific Islands Policy Series of papers launched in late 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of the Pacific Islands Monograph Series, The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs , and Pacific Studies and is a frequent lecturer on Smithsonian journeys in the Pacific Islands. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon. His most recent books are "He Served: A Biography of Macu Salato" and "American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment" (co-edited with Mac Marshall.