Teaching in 2019
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
New Zealand and United States History; Globalisation and Work; Trade Unions and social movements; Māori and Pākehā histories; Oral history
By appointment or drop in if the door is open.
- BA(Hons) Otago
- PhD Auckland
I am a twentieth-century New Zealand social, cultural and labour historian. In my first book, Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand, I explored the roles women, Māori, Pasifika and unemployed workers played in working-class organisations and protest. Oral history enabled the recovery of people's experiences who have been marginal to the historical record. I am currently working on a book-length biography of Auckland communist and trade union leader Bill Andersen (1924-2005). It acts as a counterpoint to Workers in the Margins, examining the decline of New Zealand's Old Left and blue-collar, male-dominated trade unions. Post-1972 New Zealand campaigns to eradicate the gender wage gap and the organisation of office workers in the United States are the subjects of my next research projects.
I have broad knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth-century New Zealand history, and am open to supervising post-graduate work in a wide array of subject areas. I also welcome comparative NZ and US labour and social movement history projects.
- ‘“To unite as one”: resisting slum clearance in Freemans Bay, 1951-1968’, Race & Class, 59, 1, 2017, pp.54-72.
- ‘From Human Rights to Māori Sovereignty: Māori Radicalism and Trade Unions, 1967-1986’ in Rachael Bell, Margaret Kawharu, Kerry Taylor, Michael Belgrave, and Peter Meihana(eds), The Treaty on the Ground: Where We are Headed and Why it Matters, (Palmerston North: Massey University Press, 2017), pp. 73-89.
- ‘Communist made at sea and in port: Maritime class relations during the Second World War’, International Journal of Maritime History 28, August 2016, pp.532-549.
- 'Building solidarity at the flax-roots: standing committees for women, Maori and Pacific Island members inside the Wellington Hotel and Hospital Workers' Union, 1979-1989', Labour & Industry 25, 3, 2015, pp.170-184.
- 'Rebel Girls and Pram-Pushing Scab-Hunters: Waihi "Scarlet Runners," 1912', Labour History, 107, November 2014, pp.35-51.
- 'Solidarity Across the 'Colour' Line? Maori Representation in the Maoriland Worker, 1910–1914', New Zealand Journal of History, 48, 2, October 2014, pp.50-70.
- 'Māori Sovereignty, Black Feminism, and the New Zealand Trade Union Movement', in Carol Williams, ed., Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism, University of Illinois Press, 2012.
- Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-War New Zealand, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2012.
- 'Fractious factions: the organized unemployed and the labour movement in New Zealand, 1978-1990', in Matthias Reiss and Matt Perry, eds, Unemployment and Protest: New Perspectives on Two Centuries of Contention, Oxford University Press, 2011.
- 'Maori and Trade Unions', entry for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand, 2010.
- '"Blame the System, Not the Victim!" Organizing the Unemployed in New Zealand, 1983-1992', International Labor and Working-Class History, 71, Spring 2007.
- 'Maori and Tourism (Taupo and Rotorua), 1840-1970', Waitangi Tribunal report, commissioned by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, July 2004.
- 'Organising the Unemployed: The Politics of Gender, Culture and Class in the 1980s and 1990s', in Kerry Taylor and Pat Maloney, eds, On The Left: Essays on Socialism in New Zealand, Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2002.
- 'Wellington People’s Centre: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the Establishment of the WPC: Te Rauhitanga o te Whanganui-a-tara', Wellington, 2002.
- 'Ngati Kuia: "The Poorest Tribe Under the Heavens": Ngati Kuia’s Socio-Economic Circumstances 1856-1950', Waitangi Tribunal report, commissioned by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, December 2002.
- 'The Social and Economic Circumstances of Marutuahu 1840 to 1960', Waitangi Tribunal report, commissioned by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, June 2002.
- 'Historical Consciousness and the Unemployed: Invoking Symbols from the Past to Protest a Cause', New Zealand Journal of History, 35, 1, 2001.