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Portrait of Michael Ligaliga

Michael Ligaliga

Special Instructor
David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts

Michael Ligaliga is an online lecturer for the David O. McKay Centre for Intercultural Understanding at BYU–Hawaii. He has taught in the IPB program since 2012. In addition to these classes, Michael also teaches IPB 390R “Peace and Conflict in the Pacific".

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in International Peacebuilding from BYU–Hawaii. In 2012, he completed his master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago. In 2018, Michael completed his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from NCPACS, University of Otago. His dissertation examined whether there were aspects within Faa Samoa that contribute to domestic/family violence in Samoa. His research focus and interests look at how the Peace and Conflict discipline can help address social issues such as suicide, domestic/family violence, substance, and alcohol abuse and criminal offending amongst Pacific people. Michael is a trained mediator through the Resolute Institute in New Zealand.

Michael loves to cook and bake. He is an avid DJ and loves spending time with his wife, Faalima, and children, Joanie and Leahcim.