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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

My research broadly investigates 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. This research has been supported a Fast-Start Marsden Grant (2008-9) and was published as Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2013).

During 2010-2012 I collaborated 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 will result in a co-edited book as well as a documentary, Children of War. Another key outcome of the project has been a website, designed to offer advice and assistance to those seeking to locate their American Servicemen father.

Visit the US Fathers of Pacific Children website.

I am 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 my Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2014-19), which focuses on the politics of intimacy, private life and emotion in New Zealand history.

I also have an interest in Maori women's history and am collaborating 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.

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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