BA, MA(Hons), Litt.D (Canterbury)
- Manage the Security and Surveillance History Project
- Overseeing the research schedule of the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit (TOWRU)
- General Editor of TOWRU publications
- Postgraduate teaching and supervision
- Member of History Programme and Stout Research Centre research committees
Professor Hill's research focus is on the history of colonial policing and social control, the history of Crown-Maori relations, and the history of security intelligence.
Current Marsden-funded research project
‘Secret World’: Security Intelligence and State Surveillance in New Zealand, 1907-2007.
‘Tōrangapū Ohaoha: Maori and the Political Economy, 1918-1945’, in Michael Reilly, Suzanne Duncan, Gianna Leoni, Lachy Paterson, Lyn Carter, Matiu Rātima and Poia Rewi (eds.), Te Kōparapara: An Introduction to the Maori World, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2018, pp. 245-265.
‘Comment: The Portuguese Colonial Policing Mission in Comparative Perspective’, in Conor O’Reilly (ed.), Colonial Policing and the Transnational Legacy: The Global Dynamics of Policing Across the Lusophone Community, Abingdon and New York, Routledge, 2018, pp 67-87.
‘Settler colonialism in New Zealand, 1840- 1907’, in Edward Cavanagh and Lorenzo Veracini (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism, Abingdon and New York, Routledge, 2017.
‘Surveilling the ‘enemies’ of colonial New Zealand – Counter-subversion and counter-espionage, 1840-1907’, in Brad Patterson, Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson, eds, After the Treaty: The settler state, race relations & the exercise of power in colonial New Zealand, Wellington, Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2016.
‘State Servants and Social Beings: The Role of the New Zealand Police Force in the Great War’, in Steven Loveridge, ed., New Zealand Society at War 1914-1918, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2016.
‘Settling historical Maori claims under the Treaty of Waitangi: An assessment of the first twenty-five years’, 1989-2014’, in Peter Adds, Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich, Richard S Hill and Graeme Whimp, eds., Reconciliation, Representation and Indigeneity: ‘Biculturalism’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, Intercultural Studies 4, Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, 2016.
‘Literature, Politics and Activism: “The Rich and the Poor” (1971) – A Rediscovered Essay by James K Baxter’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, 23 (2016).
‘New Zealand Maori: The Quest for Indigenous Autonomy’, Ethnopolitics, 15:1 (Special Issue: Non-Territorial Autonomy and the Government of Divided Societies), 2016, pp 144-165.
‘Settling historical Maori claims under the Treaty of Waitangi: An assessment of the first twenty-five years’, 1989-2014’, in Peter Adds, Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich, Richard S Hill and Graeme Whimp, eds., Reconciliation, Representation and Indigeneity: ‘Biculturalism’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, Intercultural Studies 4, Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, 2016, pp 65-80.
‘Policing Ireland, Policing Colonies: The Irish Constabulary ‘Model’’, in McCarthy, A. (ed). Ireland in the World: Comparative, Transnational, and Personal Perspectives. New York and London, Routledge, 2015, pp 61-80.
[Co-author, Waitangi Tribunal Report] He Whakaputanga me te Tiriti: The Declaration and the Treaty, Wellington, Legislation Direct, 2014 [xxvi+574pp].
‘Adaptation et autochtonisation: application et raffinement des méthodes policières impériales dans la colonie de Nouvelle-Zélande, 1840-1907’, in Denis, Vincent and Denys, Catherine (eds), Polices d’Empires, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, 2012.
‘Maori Urban Migration and the Assertion of Indigeneity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1945–1975’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 14:2, 2012.
‘People, land and the struggle for rangatiratanga/autonomy in New Zealand’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 19/1, 2012
‘Fitting Multiculturalism into Biculturalism: Maori-Pasifika Relations in New Zealand from the 1960s’, Ethnohistory, 57, 2 (Spring 2010): 291-319.
‘War and Police. The Armed Constabulary in the Taranaki Wars’. In Kelvin Day (ed), Contested Ground Te Whenua I tohea: The Taranaki Wars 1860-1881. Wellington: Huia, 2010, pp. 205-229.
Maori and the State: Crown-Maori Relations in New Zealand/Aotearoa, 1950-2000. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2009. More
Richard Boast and Richard Hill (eds) Raupatu: The Confiscation of Maori Land. Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2009. More
‘Maori and State Policy’, in Giselle Byrnes (ed.) The New Oxford History of New Zealand. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp.513-36.
[with Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich] ‘Fitting Aotearoa into New Zealand: Politico-Cultural Change in a Modern Bicultural Nation’, in Manfred Berg and Bernd Schaefer (eds), Historical Justice in International Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
‘Maori, Police and Coercion in New Zealand History’, in Danny Keenan (ed), Terror In Our Midst? Searching for Terror in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2008.
[with Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich], ‘Politicizing the Past: Indigenous Scholarship and Crown–Maori Reparations Processes in New Zealand’, Social and Legal Studies, 16, 2 (2007): 163–81.
‘The Police, the State and “Lawless Law”’, in Melanie Nolan (ed), Revolution: The 1913 New Zealand Great Strike. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press in association with the Trade Union History Project, 2006.
‘Maori police personnel and the rangatiratanga discourse’, in Barry Godfrey & Graeme Dunstall (eds), Crime and Empire 1840-1940: Criminal Justice in Local and Global Context. Cullompton: Devon (UK), 2005.
State Authority, Indigenous Autonomy: Crown-Maori Relations in New Zealand/Aotearoa, 1900-1950. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2004. More
Anti-Treatyism and Anti-Scholarship, Wellington, Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, 2002, Occasional Paper 8.
The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove: The Modernisation of Policing in New Zealand 1886-1917 (Volume III of The History of Policing in New Zealand). Wellington, 1995.
The Colonial Frontier Tamed: New Zealand Policing in Transition, 1867-1886 (Volume II of The History of Policing in New Zealand). Wellington, 1989.
Policing the Colonial Frontier: The Theory and Practice of Coercive Social and Racial Control in New Zealand, 1767-1867 (Volume 1 of The History of Policing in New Zealand series). Wellington, 1986.
- Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Global History, History Faculty, University of Oxford, January-June 2016.
- Visiting Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford, January-June, 2016.
- Life Member, Labour History Project, 2013
- Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Scholar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, 2009-2010
- Member of Waitangi Tribunal, 2008-2014
- Formerly Chief Historian and a senior negotiator for the Crown on Treaty of Waitangi settlements
- Claude McCarthy Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington, 1998
- By-Fellow, Churchill College, and Visiting Fellow/Life Member, Clare Hall; Cambridge University, 1996-8
- F P Wilson award for the most distinguished contribution to the history of New Zealand published during 1985-87, 1987
PhD and MA supervision
- Security intelligence history
- Nineteenth century New Zealand history
- Policing and social control in New Zealand history
- Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty-based settlement processes
- Crown-Maori relations 1840 to present
- Labour movement history in New Zealand