Humanities Scholar

N GoetzfridtNicholas J. Goetzfridt holds a PhD and an MLS in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA and BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota, respectively.

Goetzfridt is a professor of library science and Micronesian studies at the University of Guam and serves as Guampedia’s humanities scholar.

His book on Pacific ethnomathematics has been published by University of Hawai`i Press, while his books dealing with indigenous navigation and voyaging, indigenous Pacific literature, and Micronesian historical interpretations have been published with Greenwood Press. He has also published various chapters and articles on information issues in Pacific communal and epistemological contexts and Pacific library history.

Under the leadership of Jillette Leon-Guerrero, former executive director of the Guam Humanities Council, Goetzfridt helped initiate and develop the Guampedia project beginning in 2001 when he wrote a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He served for several years as Guampedia’s editor-in-chief and also served for eight years on the board of directors for the Guam Humanities Council, including two years as chair.

Goetzfridt is the recipient of the 2008 University of Guam Excellence in Research award. His book, Guåhan: A Bibliographic History, from the University of Hawai`i Press was printed in 2011.  To read Goetzfridt’s speech at the dedication of his book click here.

Guampedia Entries by Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt
Adventurers: Pirates on Guam
Carolinians on Guam
Early American Period has Profound Implications
Governor Carlton Skinner
José de Quiroga y Losada
Proa and Navigation
Spanish Response to Chamorro Depopulation
Whaling Influence in the Marianas
William Safford

Guampedia Entries Co-authored by Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt
Adventurer: William “Bully” Hayes
Adventurer: William Dampier
Adventurer: Woodes Rogers
Adventurers: John Eaton and William Cowley