School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

History Research Student Profiles

Current research students within the History Programme are listed below in alphabetical order. The title of their dissertation and a brief summary is included.

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PhD Students

Geoffrey Brown

Thesis Title: 'Subcarpathian Ruthenia through Czech Eyes 1918-1938'. Supervisor: Alexander Maxwell

This thesis will consider the role of the Czech media in establishing an imperialist/colonialist public perception towards Subcarpathian Ruthenia and its Rusyn inhabitants following the inclusion of the territory in the newly created Czechoslovak state in 1919. Particular emphasis will be placed on the media's perceived image of the Czech nation as potential leaders of other Slavic nations and the impact this had on Czech-Rusyn relations.

Tristan Egarr

Thesis Title: 'State Discipline and British identity in WWI'. Supervisors: James Belich and Richard Hill (Stout Research Centre).

Clare Gleeson

Thesis Title: 'The Sheet Music Trade in New Zealand and Owner Bound Volumes of Music 1840-1940'.  See Clare's website.  Supervisors: Charlotte Macdonald and Sydney Shep (Waiteata Press).

Ambalika Guha

Thesis Title: 'Reproductive health and childbirth: A  history of techno-medical intervention in late colonial and early post-colonial Bengal'. Supervisors Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Charlotte Macdonald

David Hall

Thesis Title: 'Emerging from Recolonization: New Zealand Primary Producers and the EEC'. Supervisors: Jim McAloon and Steve Behrendt

Ben Kingsbury

Thesis Title: 'An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876'. Supervisor: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Nancy Marquez

Thesis Title: 'Early Modern Transatlantic Science Networks: New Spain and the Republic of Letters 1550-1700'. ;Supervisor: Steve Behrendt

My thesis deals with the trans-Atlantic circulation of scientific texts and their producers/collectors from 1550-1700. The production of books about astronomy and medicine in Mexico City dates to the 1550s; my research shows how those publications and manuscripts circulated both west to the Philippine Islands and east to Spain as well as to other parts of Europe. I look at practitioners of early modern science who travelled the oceans and used instruments of observation and measurement to record data as part of state-organized projects to acertain the geographical and cultural features of a far flung empire. My conclusions are still under construction but include a discussion of how sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish scientists engaged in writing about the difficulties of reproducible experimentation and how the Council of the Indies crowd-sourced their cartographic data.

Nazima Parveen

Nazima ParveenThesis Title: 'Partition and the Politics of Space: a Study of "Muslim" Localities in Delhi, 1947-1976'. Supervisor: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Giacomo Lichtner.

This research examines how the dominant political discourses, administrative policies and socio-cultural processes constitute and reconstitute the images of Muslim localities as 'backward' and 'segregated' spaces in post Partition/postcolonial India, specifically in Delhi? While questioning the objectivisation of communities and their spaces as 'Hindu' and 'Muslim', the study tries to understand the ways in which certain images and stereotypes and produced.

Nazima is a trained researcher and have worked in UK, India and Nepal on the construction of religious minorities as political identities, their representation and participation in the socio-political processes. She has worked with the diaspora Muslim and Jewish communities living in London and the Madhesi Muslim community of Nepal. Nazima has managed a number of projects funded by the Home Office, UK and the European Union in London. She has also carried out an internal evaluation of the Lokniti Election Survey workshops organised by the Lokniti program of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), India.
Nazima was awarded the Asia Fellows Award for her ethnographic work in Nepal by the Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok. She has also won scholarship for her current doctoral research through the Marsden Grant of Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Esha Verma

Thesis Title: 'State in Transition: the Kalhora and Talpur Rule in Pre-Colonial Sindh c1740-1843'. Supervisor: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

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Master of Arts Students

Hannah Clark

Thesis title: 'Sisters in a Distant Land: Gender, Status and Empire in Great Wear ANZAC nursing accounts'; Supervisors: Kate Hunter, Jim McAloon

My thesis examines a number of New Zealand nurses' diaries with the aim of creating a better understanding of their experiences during the Great War. Through their writing, and articles from Kai Tiaki, I will explore the nurses' hard fought battle to be accepted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the multiple-meaning term 'colonial, what it meant to be a 'women' nursing on the front, and a number of conflicts that arose from these three areas. Furthermore, I will comment on what the nurses actually wrote about - they did not write about their time in the wards, reiterating the forms of treatments they used on a daily basis; instead they commented on their travels in Egypt and London, as it was one of the first times they had the freedom and funding to go on adventures.

Mark Dunick

Thesis Title: ‘The New Zealand Socialist Party 1901-1913’; Supervisor: Jim McAloon

The New Zealand Socialist Party (NZSP) was the first radical socialist party in this country. Despite its twelve year history, there has been little recent research into the party, and most of that has focused on the NZSP’s influence on later political groups. My research will look at the history of the NZSP and the changes in its ideology over the life of the group, as it reacted to changes in the labour movement and wider New Zealand Society at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Louisa Hormann

Thesis Title: ‘Displaced People, Displaced Objects: material culture and intergenerational memory of German-Jewish refugee migration to New Zealand, 1933-1941’
Supervisor: Simone Gigliotti

Louisa’s thesis investigates the intergenerational legacies of the Holocaust, specifically the relationship between memory and material objects in the context of German-Jewish refugee migration to New Zealand in the period 1933-1941. As such, her topic relates to the politics of traumatic objects of memory, and to an emerging “materialising exile” literature. She is exploring how the material possessions of German-Jewish families featured in pre-war Holocaust refugee migrations, and is creating a public history study of the objects’ provenance, their significance today, and possible future in light of current international repatriation movements to return such artefacts to Europe. By closely examining diaspora and generational debate on material culture, this project sheds light on the rarely acknowledged issue of Holocaust refugee material culture. It aims to situate German-Jewish refugee objects within both their past and present social worlds, and expand the dialogue on intergenerational legacies of the Holocaust within the inclusive context of transnational refugee (post)-memory.

Evgeniya Kryssova

Thesis Title: ‘Provisional title: Moral Sensationalism and Sympathy in Leeds Newspapers, 1808-1840 ‘. Supervisor: Valerie Wallace

My thesis looks at the way Leeds press portrayed insanity between the years 1808 and 1840. The purpose of this study is to uncover regional, social and political dynamics expressed in weekly print within the topic of mental illness. My research will determine the extent to which insanity has been moralised and ‘othered’ by middle-class provincial press. The three main areas of my research are insanity defence described in court reports, suicide reports and miscellaneous anecdotal articles on insanity.

Julia Wells

Thesis Title: ‘A Sea of Germs’: Amateur Colonial Medicine in British East and Central Africa, 1890-1940’; Supervisors: Kate Hunter, Charlotte Macdonald

Julia’s thesis explores the medicine practiced by colonial officials, settlers and missionaries in British East and Central Africa. Often living in extremely isolated areas many miles from a doctor or hospital, the majority of rural colonists’ healthcare was in their own hands. Julia’s research explores the forms that this amateur medicine took, and argues that amateur practice did not merely reproduce medical advice but also transformed and adapted it. She also examines colonists’ medical practice in African communities as cultural contact zones, evaluating the shifting agency of either side of the encounter and exploring the position that untrained Europeans played in indigenous healthcare systems.

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Recently submitted PhD Theses

Sabbaq Ahmed (2014)

Thesis Title:  'Ideology and Muslim militancy in India: a case study of the 1857 Indian Rebellion'. Supervisors: Sekhar Bandhyopadhyay and David Capie (Political Science & International Relations)

Hayley Brown (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Loosening the Marriage Bond: Divorce in New Zealand Society, 1898 to the 1950s'. Supervisors: Charlotte Macdonald and Dolores Janiewski

Jo Bunce (2013)

Thesis Title: 'James Macandrew of Otago: Slippery Jim or a Leader Staunch and True'. Supervisors: Jim McAloon and James Belich (Stout Research Centre)

Janine Cook (2015)

Thesis Title: 'The Backyard Poultry Tradition in New Zealand and the Development of the Poultry Industry, 1945-75'. Supervisor: Kate Hunter

Andrew Cooper (2012)

Thesis Title: 'Fateful Consequences: U.S.-Iran Relations During the Nixon and Ford Administrations, 1969-77'. Supervisors:Dolores Janiewski and Rob Rabel (PVC International).

Matthew Cunningham (2015)

Thesis Title: 'The reactionary and the radical: A comparative analysis of mass conservative mobilisation in Australia and New Zealand during the Great Depression' Supervisors: Jim McAloon and Giacomo Lichtner.

Martin Fisher (2015)

Thesis Title:  'Balancing rangatiratanga and kawanatanga: Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu's Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown' Supervisors: James Belich (Stout Research Centre) and Cybele Locke

Robert Hurley (2011)

Thesis Title: 'The Science of Stories: Human History and the Narrative Philosophy of Science'. Supervisors: Miles Fairburn and Alexander Maxwell

Erin Keenan (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Experiences of Maori Urbanisation in Wellington, 1945-1970'. Supervisors: Richard Hill (Stout Research Centre) and Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota)

Susann Liebich (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Connective Readers: Reading Practices and Communities Across the British Empire, C. 1890-1930'. Supervisors: Charlotte Macdonald and Sydney Shep (Wai-te-ata Press)

Steven Loveridge (2012)

Thesis Title:'Sentimental Equipment: New Zealand, the Great War and Cultural Mobilisation'.  Supervisors: Jamie Belich (Stout Research Centre) and Rob Rabel (PVC International).

Grace Millar (2013)

Thesis Title:'Families and the 1951 Waterfront Dispute'. Supervisors: Charlotte Macdonald and Jim McAloon

Rachel Patrick (2014)

Thesis Title: 'An unbroken connection? New Zealand families, duty and the First World War'. Supervisors: Kate Hunter and Jim McAloon

Samuel Ritchie (2012)

Thesis Title: 'Responses to Indigenous Violence in the Tasman World, c.1769-1850s'. Supervisors: James Belich (Stout Research Centre) and Adrian Muckle

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Recently Submitted MA Theses

Jessie Annett-Wood (2015)

Thesis Title: 'Modern Women in the Mirror, New Zealand, 1922-1932'. Supervisor: Charlotte Macdonald

Florence Baggett (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Slaving Capital in the Era of Abolition: Liverpool's Silent Rejection of the Slave Trade 1787-1807'. Supervisor: Steve

Charlotte Bennett (2012)

Thesis Title: '"Now the war is over, we have something else to worry us": New Zealand Children's Responses to Crises, 1914-1918'. Supervisor: Kate Hunter

Carl Blackmun (2011)

Thesis Title: ''Not the Socialism we Dreamed of': Becoming Ex-Communists in the United States and New Zealand, 1956-58'. Supervisors: Jim McAloon and Dolores Janiewski

Sarah Burgess (2015)

Thesis Title: Vice-reglal Wives in New Zealand, 1887 and 1926'. Supervisor: Charlotte Macdonald and Jim McAloon

Jessica Caldwell (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Holocaust Consciousness in New Zealand 1980-2010: A Study'. Supervisor: Simone Gigliotti

Stephen Clarke (2015)

Thesis Title: 'Thinker, Sailor, Soldier, Critic - Joseph Evison "Ivo": Imperial Sojourner, Freethought Intellectual, Catholic Apologist, and tory Agitator'. Supervisor: Jim McAloon

Coralie Clarkson (2011)

Thesis Title: 'The Reality of Return: Exploring the Experiences of World War One Soldiers after their Return to New Zealand'. Supervisor: Kate Hunter

Daniel Cruden (2013)

Thesis Title: 'A Comparison of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in the Black Mainstream Press, 1955-2011'. Supervisor: Dolores Janiewski

Joe Cruden (2015)

Thesis Title: 'Work and the Wealthy in the Wairarapa, 1876-1913'. Supervisor: Jim McAloon

Catherine Falconer-Gray (2013)

Thesis Title: 'George French Angas and the creation of colonial knowledge in New Zealand: a more correct idea'  Supervisor: Charlotte Macdonald

Nicholas Hoare (2014)

Thesis Title: 'New Zealand's 'Critics of Empire': Domestic Opposition to New Zealand's Empire 1883-1948'. Supervisor: Adrian Muckle

Simon Judkins (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Under Prying Eyes: Repression, Surveillance and Exposure in California 1918-1939'. Supervisor: Dolores Janiewski

Basil Keane (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Kotahitanga Parliament, 1892-1902'. Supervisors: Adrian Muckle and Richard Hill (Stout Research Centre)

James Keating (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Manufacturing Consensus? New Zealand Press Attitudes Toward the Labour Movement in 1890'. Supervisor: Jim McAloon

Alexey Krichtal (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Liverpool and the Raw Cotton Trade: A study of the port and its merchant community, 1770-1815' - Supervisor: Steve Behrendt

Owen Mann (2011)

Thesis Title: 'Confirming Tradition: Confirming Change - A Social History of Cricket Tours to New Zealand in the 1930s'. Supervisor: Charlotte Macdonald

Jess Maynard (2012)

Thesis Title: 'Drown-proofing New Zealand: The Learn-to-Swim and Prevent Drowning Campaigns, 1936-1956'. Supervisor: Jim McAloon

Adam McConnochie

Thesis Title: ''The blessed land': narratives of peasant resistance at Nandigram, West Bengal in 2007'. Supervisor: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Alexander (Alex) Moffat-Wood (2012)

Thesis Title: 'Blizzard City: Built Environment and Civilization in Antarctica, 1911-1961'. Supervisors Kate Hunter and Lee Davidson (Museum and Heritage Studies)

Alex won one of the two postgraduate prizes for best presentation at the Antarctica New Zealand conference in Hamilton in July 2011. Alex's paper was based on research completed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies over the summer of 2010-2011.

Gillian Nelson (2012)

Thesis Title: 'Diary and Diarist: the journals of Vicesimus Lush, 1850-1882. Supervisors: Adrian Muckle and Jim McAloon

Louisa (Jane) Paul (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Visual Histories: Amateur Films in New Zealand c.1923-1965'. Supervisors: Charlotte Macdonald and Simone Gigliotti

Lauren Peacock (2013)

Thesis Title: 'National Ideals or National Interest: New Zealand and South Africa, 1981-1994'. Supervisor: Malcolm McKinnon

Talia Pollock (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Political Prophecy in the Elizabethan England'. Supervisor Glyn Parry

Mark Shaw (2015)

Thesis Title: 'In the Middle of the slaughter' - Journalists and United Nations Witnesses Writing about the Rwandan Genocide'. Supervisor: Simone Gigliotti

Richard Thomson (2013)

Thesis Title: 'At home in New Zealand in the 1960s'. Supervisor: Charlotte Macdonald

Matthew Vink (2013)

Thesis Title: 'Self Determination along the Austrian Frontier, 1918-1921:Case Studies of German Bohemia, Vorarlberg, and Carinthia'. Supervisor: Alexander Maxwell

Elizabeth Walker (2011)

Thesis Title: 'The Living Dead': the repatriation experience of New Zealand's wounded Great War Servicemen'. Supervisors: Kate Hunter and and Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota)

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Student Publications


Vink, Matthew, "The Competition for Self-Determination in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1919" New Zealand Slavonic Journal, vol.46 (2012 published in 2014), pp.41-69.


Cunningham, Matthew. ‘Australian Fascism? A revisionist analysis of the ideology of the New Guard’, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Vol. 13, no. 3, September, 2012, pp.375-393.

Cunningham, Matthew.‘The New Zealand Legion’, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2 April 2012


Alves, Andre and Evan Roberts. ‘Rosie the Riveters’ Job Market: Advertising for Women Workers in World War II Los Angeles’. Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas (forthcoming, 2012), based on Andre Alves’s HIST404 research essay, 2009.

Cunningham, Matthew. '"Familiarising the Foreign": New Zealand soldiers' observations on landscape during the Gallipoli Campaign', New Zealand Journal of History, Vol. 45, no. 2, October, 2011, pp. 209-224.

Cunningham, Matthew. ‘Conservative Protest or Conservative Radicalism? The New Zealand Legion in a Comparative Context, 1930-1935’. Journal of New Zealand Studies, no. 10, 2011, pp. 139-158, based on his HIST428 research essay, 2009.

Hutchison, Oliver. ‘Sex, Skyscrapers and Saxophones: Jazz and the Americanization of Weimar Germany’. European Connection, no. 14, 2011), based on his HIST239 research essay, 2010.

Liebich, Susann. ‘Letters to a Daughter: an archive of middle-class reading in New Zealand, c. 1872-1932'. In WR Owen and Shafquat Towheed, eds. The History of Reading: International Perspectives, c. 1500-1990. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 163-177.

Patrick, Rachel. 'An Antidote to Bookishness': Local history, educational practices and colonialism in New Zealand Primary Schools, 1900-1940'. New Zealand Journal of History, Vol. 45, no. 2, 2011, pp. 192-208.


Cooper, Andrew, The Oil Kings: How the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010

Graham, Ruth. ‘Juvenile Travellers: Priscilla Wakefield’s Excursions in Empire’. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 38 (2010), pp. 373-393, based on her Bowen Prize-winning HIST427 research essay, 2008.

Jordan, Kate. ‘The Captains and Crews of Liverpool’s Northern Whaling Trade’. International Journal of Maritime History, 22 (2010), pp. 185-204, based on her HIST489 research essay, 2007 (and the most junior scholar to ever publish in the journal).

Liebich, Susann. 'Connected Readers: Reading networks and community in early twentieth-century New Zealand.' Mémoires du Livre/Studies in Book Culture, Vol. 2, no. 1 (2010):

Mann, Owen. ‘The Cultural Bond? Cricket and the Imperial Mission’. International Journal of the History of Sport, 27 (2010), pp. 2187-2211, based on his FP Wilson Prize winning HIST489 research essay, 2008.


Brown, Hayley. ‘“We Both Agreed You Were a Sexual Maniac”: Contestations of Sex and Marriage in New Zealand Divorce Cases, 1898-1947’. Melbourne Historical Journal, Special issue No. 1 (2009), pp. 21-37, based on her PhD research.

Cunningham, Matthew. ‘“But Why, Some Say, the Moon?” The Politics of Apollo during the Kennedy Administration, 1961-1963’. Quest: The History of Spaceflight, 16 (2009), pp. 32-45, based on his HIST489 research essay, 2008.

Gush, Nadia. ‘The beauty of health: Cora Wilding and the Sunlight League’. New Zealand Journal of History, 43, 1 (April 2009), pp. 1-17, based on her PhD research.

Millar, Grace. ‘Research Note: Popcorn, Pickets, and Brassbands: Young Workers’ Organising in the Cinema Industry 2003-2006’. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 34, 2 (2009), pp. 108-116.

Ritchie, Samuel. ‘“No White man on the Station but myself”: Whiteness as a Category of Analysis for the Reverend Francis Tuckfield’. ACRAWSA e-journal, vol 5, no 1 (2009), based on his PhD research.


Christoffel, Paul. ‘Prohibition and the myth of 1919’. New Zealand Journal of History, 42: 2 (October 2008), pp.154-175, based on his 2006 PhD dissertation.


Liebich, Susann. ‘“The Books Are The Same As You See In London Shops”: Booksellers in Colonial Wellington and Their Imperial Ties, ca. 1840-1890’. Script and Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 31 (2007), pp. 197-209, based on her HIST427 Research Essay, 2006.


Francis, Andrew. ‘Anti-Alienism in New Zealand during the Great War: The von Zedlitz affair, 1915’. Immigrants and Minorities, 24 (2006), pp. 251-276, based on his PhD research.

Taylor, James. ‘Contemporary media portrayals of the 1913 dispute’. In Melanie Nolan, ed, Revolution: The 1913 Great Strike in New Zealand. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 2006, pp. 142-163, based on his PhD research.

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