Teaching in 2018
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
PhD, MA (Massey); BA Hons (Cant); BTheol (Otago)
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; a related project examines various aspects of religious peace activism in New Zealand.
2. A second key project, supported by the Templeton Religion Trust, is connected with the NZAVS. Titled “Quantifying the dynamic interplay between virtue and human flourishing”, the project is led by Joseph Bulbulia and Chris Sibley (Auckland), along with me and Don E. Davis (Georgia State University).
3. History of Christianity in Australasia and the Pacific.
Troughton, Geoffrey, and Philip Fountain, eds. Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2018.
Troughton, Geoffrey, ed. Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814–1945, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017.
Troughton, Geoffrey, and Stuart Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.
Troughton, Geoffrey, 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.
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.
‘Samuel Marsden and the Origins of a New Zealand Christian Peace Tradition.’ In Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814–1945, ed. Geoffrey Troughton, 29-46. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017.
‘Christianity, Peace and Opposition to War.’ In Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814–1945, ed. Geoffrey Troughton, 11-28. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017.
'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.
- Religious Studies Programme Director
- Convenor, Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Convenor, St John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion Programme Committee
- VUW Library and Information Services Committee