Kate Mcmillan

Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

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BA Canterbury

BA (Hons) VUW

PhD Auck


Kate McMillan is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. Her current research interests focus on the political participation of immigrants and emigrants; trans-Tasman migration and citizenship; people movements between NZ and ASEAN; media politics in New Zealand.

Grants and awards

2014-2017: European Commission grant; 2014: VUW FHSS Large Faculty Grant; 2013: VUW FHSS Large Faculty Grant; 2012: Knowledge and Expertise Exchange Europe-New Zealand Award, Lund, Sweden; 2010: European Centres Network Pilot Study Award;  2008: Fulbright New Zealand ‘Study of the US Institute’, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; 2008: Guest Scholar at the Centre for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Current research projects

  1. The electoral participation of non-citizens in New Zealand.
  2. The citizenship experiences of New Zealanders resident in Australia and New Zealand.
  3. The politics of the free movement of people in regional free trade areas.
  4. The electoral participation of immigrant minorities in New Zealand.
  5. New Zealand’s immigrant integration policies and outcomes in comparative perspective.
  6. People movements from ASEAN countries to New Zealand since 1975.

Selection of publications

  • McMillan, K, ''Fairness and the border around New Zealand's democratic political community' in David Hall (ed.) Fair Borders?  Migration Policy in the 21st Century, Bridget William Books, June 2017. http://bwb.co.nz/books/fair-borders
  • McMillan, K, 'From “the Commonwealth’s most dutiful daughter” to “young multicultural nation”: Non-citizen voting rights and New Zealand’s citizenship regime', in Jatinder Mann, (ed), Citizenship in a Transnational Perspective: Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Palgrave MacMillan, Politics of Citizenship and Migration Series, 2017 https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319535289
  • McMillan, K,  Affective integration and access to the rights of permanent residency: New Zealanders resident in Australia post-2001, in Ethnicities, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2017.  
  • McMillan, K and Hood, A. 'Report on Citizenship Law: New Zealand', EUDO Citizenship Observatory, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in collaboration with Edinburgh University Law School C Badia Fiesolana, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy, 2016.
  • Barker, F. and McMillan, K. Access to Electoral Rights: New Zealand'', EUDO Citizenship Observatory, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in collaboration with Edinburgh University Law School C Badia Fiesolana, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy, 2016.
  • McMillan, K, Relations and Relationships: 40 years of People Movements from ASEAN to New Zealand Wellington: Asia New Zealand Foundation.
  • McMillan, K. 'Mapping forced migration in the Asia-Pacific' Public Lecture to the National Library, 21 April 2016.
  • Bahador, Babak, Geoff Kemp, Kate McMillan & Chris Rudd (eds.), Politics and the Media, (Second edition) Auckland University Press, 2016.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Radio and Politics in New Zealand', in Bahador, B. et al., Politics and the Media, (Second edition) Auckland University Press, 2016.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Glove Puppets, Black Ops and Textual Relations: The Media's Election Campaign 2014' in Johansson and Levine (eds.), Moments of Truth, Victoria University Press, 2015.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'National Voting Rights for Permanent Residents: New Zealand's Experience', in Diego Acosta and  Anje Wiesbrock (eds.), Global Migration Issues: Myths and Realities, Praeger, California, 2015.
  • McMillan, Kate, Review of Willem Maas, (ed.), Multicultural Citizenship, in Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2015, pp. 571-573.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Moving freely, but using a different route', in Annika Björkdahl, John Leslie and Annick Masselot, Importing EU Norms: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Findings, United Nations University Series on Regionalism, Springer, 2015.
  • Aysser Al Janabi,Kate McMillan and Carla Lam, 'Advancing the Status of Women in Political Science and International Relations in New Zealand: Report of a Workshop held in 2012', New Zealand Political Studies Association, 2014.
  • Barker, Fiona and Kate McMillan, "Constituting the Democratic Public: New Zealand’s Extension of National Voting Rights to Non-Citizens", New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 12 (1), 2014.
  • McMillan, Kate,  'Political and social rights for Second Country Nationals: Freedom of movement and citizenship in Australasia', Citizenship Studies, Vol. 18 No. 3/ 4 June 2014.
  • Comrie, M and K. McMillan, 'Running on the spot: New Zealand's mediocre performance in the 2010 Global Media Monitoring Project', in Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pages 196-214, October 2013.
  • McMillan, Kate, and Hilde Coffé (eds.), Special Issue of Political Science, 'Women and Politics' (June 2013).
  • Bahador, Babak, Geoff Kemp, Kate McMillan & Chris Rudd (eds.), Politics and the Media, Pearson Education, (May 2013).
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Radio and Politics in New Zealand', in Bahador, B.et al., Politics and the Media,  Pearson Education, (May 2013).
  • McMillan, Kate 'Politics and the Media in New Zealand' in Te Ara The Online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (2012).
  • McMillan, Kate and Margie Comrie, 'New Zealand National Report', Global Media Monitoring Project, (April 2012) 13pp.
  • McMillan, Kate (Co-Editor), Political Science, 2010-Jan. 2015.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'The Politics of Immigration and Multiculturalism in New Zealand', Policy network, 2010.
  • McMillan, Kate, Review of David Bromwell, Ethnicity, National Identity and Public Policy, Wellington, Institute for Policy Studies in Political Science, Vol. 61:1, 2009.
  • McLeay, Elizabeth;  John Leslie; Kate McMillan (eds.) Rethinking Women and Politics: New Zealand and Comparative Perspectives, Wellington, VUW Press, August 2009.
  • McMillan, Kate 'Newsflash! Men and Women Still Unequal' in McLeay et al. (eds.), Rethinking Women and Politics: New Zealand and Comparative Perspectives, Wellington, VUW Press,  August 2009.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Irregular Migration: New Zealand's experience and response', New Zealand International Review, Vol. XXXIII, No. 4, July/August 2008, pp. 2-6.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Winning the Metadebate: New Zealand's 2005 televised leaders' debates in comparative perspective', in Stephen Levine and Nigel S. Roberts, (eds.),The Baubles of Office, Wellington, VUW Press, February 2007.
  • McMillan, Kate, Politics and the Media in New Zealand (ed.), A special issue of Political Science, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2005.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'A review of "Dangerous Enthusiasms" by Robin Gauld and Shaun Goldfinch', in Political Science, Vol. 58, no. 2, December 2006.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Immigration Policy' in Raymond Miller (ed.) New Zealand Politics and Government, (4th edition), Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • McMillan, Kate, 'Racism and Political Bias on Talkback Radio in New Zealand: Assessing the Evidence,' in Political Science, Vol. 57, No. 2, December 2005, pp. 75-92.
  • McMillan, Kate. 'Immigration and citizenship debates of the 1990s' in Andrew D. Trlin and Paul Spoonley, New Zealand and International Migration, Vol. 4, 2005.
  • McMillan, Kate. 'Developing Citizens: Citizens, Subjects and Aliens and New Zealand Citizenship Policy since 1840', in McPherson, Pearson and Spoonely, Tangata, Tangata, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2005.
  • McMillan, Kate. 'Non-indigenous minority rights in the neo-liberal state: the New Zealand experience', in Pluralism and the Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2004.

Conference papers and public talks 2014-2015

  • McMillan, K, 'Free movement of skilled labour within the ASEAN Economic Community: What the AEC can learn from the TTTA and the EU experience', The EUAPS Annual Conference, University of Korea, Seoul, June 2015.
  • McMillan, K. 'The Future of Citizenship in Australasia', Paper presented at the International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, 26-28 March, 2014.
  • McMillan, K. and Barker, F. 'The Electoral Participation of Migrants', Invited presentation to the Electoral Commission Conference 'Valuing Our Vote', Grand Chamber, Parliament Buildings, May 29, 2014.
  • McMillan, K. 'We still call Australia "home": official and affective belonging among New Zealanders resident in Australia', Paper  presented at the Comparative Migration Policy and Politics Pre-APSA Workshop,  Australian Political Studies Association, University of Sydney, September 28-October 1, 2014.
  • McMillan, K. 'Advancing the Status of Women in Political Science', Invited presentation at the Australian Political Studies Association, University of Sydney, September 29 September, 2014.
  • McMillan, K. 'Immigrant ‘integration': How does New Zealand compare?', Invited presentation to the Multiculturalism in New Zealand symposium, hosted by University of Otago, 10 November 2014.
  • Barker, F. and  McMillan K. 'The Electoral Participation of Migrant Groups in New Zealand: Pilot Project and Work in Progress', Paper presented to the New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Auckland, 2 December 2014.
  • McMillan, K. 'The Media's coverage of the 2014 election', presentation to the Victoria University of Wellington, 'Post-Election Conference', Parliament Building, Wellington,  4 December 2014.


Kate is interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Immigration and refugee politics.
  • Citizenship in New Zealand and abroad, including transnational citizenship.
  • New Zealand’s media politics.
  • Recent supervisions:  Ameera Clayton (Masters by thesis:  Immigrant Voting in NZ and UK); Phong Trang Nguyen (MIR, Vietnamese policies to protect labour migrants);  Miran Milosevic  (Masters by thesis: Immigrant integration in NZ and the UK); Joanne Young (Masters by thesis, Political Crisis Management); Stacey Kwant (Masters by thesis, Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme, a model for development?); Toni Grace (Masters by thesis, Regional integration and freedom of movement in the Oresund region).

Administrative duties

  • Member of the HIPPI Equity Committee 2014.
  • Chair, HIPPI Equity Committee, 2013-2014.
  • Honours Coordinator, PSIR, 2013-2014.
  • Member of Academic Board 2011-2012.
  • Member of the FHSS Leave Committee 2006-2011.