Traditional Arts Chairperson, Vince Diaz, PhD


Prof. Vicente M. Diaz is Pohnpeian and Filipino,  born and raised in Guam. The ninth of ten children of the late Judge Ramon V. Diaz and Josefina C. Diaz, Vince graduated from JFK HS in 1978, and played football and basketball for the University of Guam Tritons in the late 1970s.

Diaz transferred to the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science. He later completed a doctorate degree from the History of Consciousness program at the University of  California at Santa Cruz.  He taught Pacific History and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam from 1992-2001, where he also served as the Historian for Hale’ta book series published by the Guam Political Status Education Coordinating Commission. A leader in the revival of traditional seafaring, Diaz is the former Coordinator of the Micronesian Seafaring Society, co-produced the documentary, Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (1996), and co-founded the Guam Traditional Seafarers group before joining the faculty in Asia/Pacific Islander Studies at the University of Michigan in 2001.

In 2012, Diaz and his wife, Prof. Christine Taitano DeLisle (Familian Lucas),  joined the faculty in American Indian Studies at he University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Diaz is the author of Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam (University of Hawaii Press 2010) and many essays, articles, and chapters on Guam and Micronesian history, culture, and politics. Vince and Tina have three daughters, Nicole, Gabriela, and Eva, and a grandaughter, Maria Sol.

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