Humanities Scholar

Nicholas 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 retired professor of library science and Micronesian studies at the University of Guam and served as Guampedia’s humanities scholar at its inception.

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 a 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

Guampedia entries co-authored by Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt