Lawrence J. Cunningham received a BS in education and an MEd from the University of Cincinnati in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon,1987.
Cunningham retired from the Guam Department of Education in 1993. He was a research associate at the University of Guam Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) from 1994-2007, University of Guam, an assistant professor of history at the University of Guam until 2008 and faculty advisor for the Traditional Seafaring Society until, 2007. Currently he is a Micronesian Area Research Center Ga’chong (Partner).
Since 2007, Cunningham serves as the Historian for TASI (Traditions About Seafaring Islands), a non-profit corporation, dedicated to reviving traditional Micronesian seafaring, proa building, and non-instrument navigation in Guam.
He is the author of Ancient Chamorro Society, 1992; and co-author of A History of Guam, 2001; Guam: A Natural History, 2001; and Micronesian Texts for the K-12 Reader: A Selection Guide, 2002.
Cunningham has traveled throughout the United States, Micronesia, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, and Africa. His awards include: Governor’s Literary Arts Award, Ancient Order of the Chamorri, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Dean’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Part-Time Instruction Award and the Governor’s Humanities Award. He has voyaged on a traditional Carolinian outrigger sailing canoe from Polowat, in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia to Guam.