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Jess Marinaccio, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
 Asian Pacific Studies
Email: jmarinaccio@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3934

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Pacific Studies, Taiwan Studies, Tuvalu Diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, Decolonization

Professional Background

Dr. Marinaccio was most recently employed in Tuvalu’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and she has also worked as a Mandarin–English interpreter for the Tuvalu Embassy in Taiwan. Her research focuses on Tuvalu–Taiwan cultural diplomacy as well as understandings of diplomacy and indigeneity in Taiwan and its Pacific allies. She has published relevant articles in Issues & Studies, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal of Taiwan Studies, and The Contemporary Pacific.


Ph.D., Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

M.A., Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University

B.A., History and Chinese Language, Williams College


English, Mandarin Chinese, Tuvaluan (intermediate)

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How Pacific Climate Diplomacy is Changing, Asia & The Pacific Policy Society, 2022

‘How is Tuvalu Securing Against COVID-19?’: A Response from Funafuti, Devpolicy Blog, 2020

Rethinking Diplomacy and Its Cultural, Social, and Political Contexts: The Diplomacies of Tuvalu, the Pacific, and Taiwan, Taiwan Insight, 2019

The Youth Ambassadors and Taiwan’s Performative Cultural Diplomacy “Some of the Dancing, Yeah, I Don’t Really Understand [It],” Taiwan Insight, 2019