Geoff Troughton

Senior Lecturer School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies


Teaching in 2017

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PhD, MA (Massey); BA Hons (Cant); BTheol (Otago)

Research specialties

My research focuses on religion in New Zealand society and history, and more broadly on the history of Christianity. I address a wide range of topics and traditions within these general areas. Recent writing has included work on peacemaking, missions, religion and welfare, alcohol, secularisation, politics, and childhood.

I also research contemporary religious change, particularly in connection with the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), a large longitudinal study created by Chris Sibley (Auckland) in 2009.

Current research projects

1. My major current research project, "A Banner of Peace? Missions and Peace Activism, 1814-1850", is funded by a 3-year Marsden Fast Start grant. The project explores the peace dimension in early missionary Christianity in New Zealand.

2. A related project brings together various aspects of religious peace activism in New Zealand.

3. History of Christianity in Australasia and the Pacific.

Recent publications

Links to PDFs of articles and book chapters


Troughton, Geoffrey, ed. Saints and Stirrers. Wellington: Victoria University Press (forthcoming, 2017).

Troughton, Geoffrey, and Stuart Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.

New Zealand Jesus: Social and Religious Transformations of an Image, 1890–1940. Bern: Peter Lang, 2011.

Troughton, Geoffrey, and Hugh Morrison, eds. The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011.

Journal articles

Shaver, John H., Geoffrey Troughton, Chris G. Sibley and Joseph A. Bulbulia. 'Religion and the Unmaking of Prejudice towards Muslims: Evidence From a Large National Sample.' PLOS ONE (9 March 2016). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150209.

‘Church, Society and the Challenges of Modernity in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, 1918—1940.’ Anglican and Episcopal History 84, no. 3 (2015): 279—97.

Troughton, Geoffrey, Joseph Bulbulia and Chris G. Sibley. ‘Strength of Religion and the Future of the Churches.’ Stimulus 21, no. 2 (2014): 26–34.

'Anti-Churchianity, Discursive Christianity, and Religious Change in the Twentieth Century.’ Journal of New Zealand Studies 17 (2014): 93–106.

‘Redeeming the Demon Drink: New Zealand Presbyterians and the Question of Alcohol.’ Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 27, no. 2 (2013): 133–155.

'Faith in Welfare: The Origins of the Open Home Foundation.' Journal of Beliefs and Values 34, no. 2 (2013): 220–234.

'The Light of the World at the End of the World, 1906.' Journal of New Zealand Art History 28 (2007): 1–15.

'The Maoriland Worker and Blasphemy in New Zealand.' Labour History 91 (2006): 113–130.

'Light at the End of the World: Holman Hunt's The Light of the World in New Zealand, 1906.' Australian Historical Studies 37, no. 128 (2006): 55–71.

'Religion, Churches and Childhood in New Zealand, c.1900–1940.' New Zealand Journal of History 40, no. 1 (2006): 39–56.

'Jesus and the Ideal of the Manly Man in New Zealand after World War One.' Journal of Religious History 30, no. 1 (2006): 45–60.

'Moody and Sankey Down Under: A Case Study in "Trans-Atlantic" Revivalism in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand.' Journal of Religious History 29, no. 2 (2005): 145–162.

'Religious Education and the Rise of Psychological Childhood in New Zealand.' History of Education Review 33, no. 2 (2004): 30–44.

'Echoes in the Temple? Jesus, Nehemiah and Their Actions in the Temple.' Journal of Biblical Studies 3, no. 2 (2003): 1–21.

Book chapters

'Making Kiwi Christians: Children and Religion in the House of Reed.' In Creating Religious Childhoods: Children and Religion in the Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1850-1950, eds. Hugh Morrison and Mary-Clare Martin, 181-98. London: Routledge, 2017.

‘Introduction: Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand.’ In Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand, eds Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange, 11-23. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.

'Missionaries, Historians and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand.' In Te Rongopai 1814, ‘Takoto te pai!’: Bicentenary Reflections on Christian Beginnings and Developments in Aotearoa New Zealand, eds. Allan K. Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham and Adrienne Puckey, 228–245. Auckland: General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, 2014.

Carew, Philip, and Geoffrey Troughton. ‘Māori Participation in the Assemblies of God.’ In Mana Māori and Christianity, eds. Hugh Morrison, Lachy Paterson, Brett Knowles and Murray Rae, 91–109. Wellington: Huia, 2012

Morrison, Hugh, and Geoffrey Troughton. 'Introduction: Perspectives on Christianity and New Zealand History.' The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History, eds. Geoffrey Troughton and Hugh Morrison, 11–24. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011.

'Richard Booth and Gospel Temperance Revivalism.' In The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History, eds. Geoffrey Troughton and Hugh Morrison, 112–125. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011.

'Between the Wars, 1919–1940.' In Living Legacy: A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, ed. Allan K. Davidson, 178–206. Auckland: Anglican Diocese of Auckland, 2011.

'A. W. Averill and the Diocese of Auckland, 1918–1940.' In From Augustine to Anglicanism: The Anglican Church in Australia and Beyond, eds. Marcus Harmes, Lindsay Henderson and Gillian Colclough, 291–302. Brisbane: Augustine to Anglicanism Conference, 2010.

Administrative responsibilities