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Dr Angela Wanhalla

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Room 2S4, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8462

Academic Qualifications

2004: PhD University of Canterbury
2001: MA University of Canterbury
1999: BA (Hons) University of Canterbury

Research Interests

Angela’s research focuses on the intersections between gender, race and sexuality in colonial history, with a specific focus on the connections between race and intimacy within and across colonial cultures. Her most recent book is Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2013), which won the Ernest Scott Prize for best book in Australian and New Zealand history in 2014.

 Between 2010-2012 she was co-investigator, with Professor Judy Bennett, on an archival and oral history-based research project concerned with exploring the fate of children born of American servicemen and indigenous women in the South Pacific Command during World War II. This project has resulted in a book, a website, and a documentary film.

Angela is now investigating the broader social, legal and cultural legacies of the American occupation of New Zealand in a project (and book) about New Zealand's GI War Brides. The GI Brides project forms one of the key outcomes of her Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2014-19), which focuses on the politics of intimacy, private life and emotion in New Zealand history.

 Angela is also involved in a number of collaborative research projects. She is working with Dr. Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu, University of Otago) to produce a document source book of Maori women's writings (in te reo and English) from the 19th century. Angela is also a Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2015-2018) on violence and intimacy in settler societies across the Anglophone Pacific Rim between 1830 and 1930. She is also an active member of the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.

Areas of Research Supervision

Cross-cultural encounters, colonialism and race in nineteenth century New Zealand, comparative indigenous history, gender and the history of sexuality.


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