• BA (USP)
  • MA (UBC)
  • PhD (ANU)
  • FAHA

Research Interests

Pacific Islands History, The Indian Diaspora, Historiography, creative non-fiction writing

Current Research Projects

Australia’s engagement with the Southwest Pacific, 1940s-1980s; Documentary history of Fijian decolonisation, creative writing

Selected Publications

  • Historical Dictionary of Fiji, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
  • Intersections: History, Memory, Discipline, Lautoka, Fiji: Fiji Institute of Applied Studies, Sydney: Asia Pacific Publication, 2011.
  • Mr Tulsi’s Store: A Fijian Journey, Canberra: Pandanus Books, 2001.
  • Chalo Jahaji: On a Journey through Indenture in Fiji, Suva: Fiji Museum, 2000.
  • Broken Waves: A history of the Fiji Islands in the 20th century, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1992.
  • Girmitiyas: The Origins of the Fiji Indians, Canberra: Journal of Pacific History Monograph, 1983.


Brij was born in Fiji and received his university education there, in Canada and Australia. He has taught history at the University of the South Pacific, the University of Papua New Guinea, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Australian National University where he was Professor of Pacific and Asian History from 1990-2016. His many awards have included Fellowship of the Australian Humanities Academy, Pacific Distinguished Scholar Medal, Centenary Medal of the Government of Australia, Officer of the Order of Fiji and in 2015, Member of the Order of Australia. He does serious scholarship for a living and writes creative non-fiction (Faction) for fun. His hobbies are bush walking and watching cricket.