Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa

Satapuala and Falealupo (Samoa), Glen Innes.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa

Damon is a prizewinning scholar who specialises in the study of colonialism, empire, government and race. With a particular interest in the Pacific Islands, he also works on education, economics and development in the Pacific region, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. After graduating from the University of Auckland, he completed his PhD studies at Oxford University.

Prior to returning to the University, Damon worked for 10 years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Damon joined the University of Auckland in 2012 as an Associate Professor in the Centre for Pacific Studies.

From 2014 he was the Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement and the Co-Head of School, Te Wānanga o Waipapa.

In 2018, Damon was made the University of Auckland’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific).

Key responsibilities

Damon’s key responsibilities include:

  • To implement the University’s strategy concerning Pacific staff and students, issues and communities.
  • To advise the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Leadership Team on Pacific peoples, communities and the Pacific region.
  • To lead and support relationships between the University and Pacific staff, students, communities and the Pacific organizations.
  • To lead the University’s engagement and relationships with majority Pacific high schools, with the support of the Schools Partnership Office.

 Damon is also responsible for the Fale Pasifika Complex.