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Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla

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Room 2S4, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8462
Email angela.wanhalla@otago.ac.nz


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.
 

Editorial Responsibilities

Angela is co-editor, with Barbara Brookes, of the New Zealand Journal of History.
She also serves on the editorial boards of Australian Historical Studies and the Journal of Pacific History.
 

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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Publications

Wanhalla, A. (2013). Matters of the heart: A history of interracial marriage in New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 316p.

Wanhalla, A., & Wolf, E. (Eds.). (2011). Early New Zealand photography: Images and essays. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 208p.

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2016). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 424p.

Wanhalla, A. (2011). Interracial sexual violence in 1860s New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of History, 45(1), 71-84.

Cooper, A., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2015). The lives of colonial objects. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 376p.

Authored Book - Research

Wanhalla, A. (2013). Matters of the heart: A history of interracial marriage in New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 316p.

Wanhalla, A. (2009). In/visible sight: The mixed-descent families of southern New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books, 208p.

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Edited Book - Research

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2016). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 424p.

Cooper, A., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2015). The lives of colonial objects. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 376p.

Wanhalla, A., & Wolf, E. (Eds.). (2011). Early New Zealand photography: Images and essays. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 208p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Wanhalla, A., & Stevens, K. (2016). "I don't like Maori girls going out with Yanks": Māori-American encounters in New Zealand. In J. A. Bennett & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and U.S. servicemen, World War II. (pp. 202-227). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bennett, J. A., Leckie, J., & Wanhalla, A. (2015). Mothers' darlings: Secrets and silences in the wake of the Pacific War. In C. Twomey & E. Koh (Eds.), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, remembrance and culture. (pp. 214-232). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Wanhalla, A. (2015). Living on the rivers' edge at the Taieri Native Reserve. In Z. Laidlaw & A. Lester (Eds.), Indigenous communities and settler colonialism: Land holding, loss and survival in an interconnected world. (pp. 138-157). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wanhalla, A. (2015). State-sponsored photography and assimilation policy in Canada and New Zealand. In K. Dubinsky, A. Perry, & H. Yu (Eds.), Within and without the nation: Canadian history as transnational history. (pp. 91-114). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Wanhalla, A. (2012). Beyond the borders: The “founding families” of southern New Zealand. In R. J. Brownlie & V. J. Korinek (Eds.), Finding a way to the heart: Feminist writings on aboriginal and women's history in Canada. (pp. 98-121). Winnipeg, Canada: University of Manitoba Press.

Wanhalla, A. (2011). The meaning of ‘colour’: Photography and portraiture, 1889-1904. In A. Wanhalla & E. Wolf (Eds.), Early New Zealand photography: Images and essays. (pp. 116-121). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Wanhalla, A. (2010). The politics of 'periodical counting': Race, place and identity in southern New Zealand. In T. Banivanua Mar & P. Edmonds (Eds.), Making settler colonial space: Perspectives on race, place and identity. (pp. 198-217). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wanhalla, A. (2010). “The natives uncivilize me”: Missionaries and interracial intimacy in early New Zealand. In P. Grimshaw & A. May (Eds.), Missionaries, indigenous peoples and cultural exchange. (pp. 24-36). Eastbourne, U.K.: Sussex Academic Press.

Wanhalla, A. (2009). Rethinking ″Squaw men″ and ″Pakeha-Maori″: Legislating white masculinity in New Zealand and Canada, 1840-1900. In L. Boucher, J. Carey, & K. Ellinghaus (Eds.), Re-orienting whiteness. (pp. 219-234). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wanhalla, A. (2009). Family, community and gender. In G. Byrnes (Ed.), The new Oxford history of New Zealand. (pp. 447-464). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand.

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Journal - Research Article

Wanhalla, A., & Buxton, E. (2013). Pacific brides: US forces and interracial marriage during the Pacific war. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 14, 138-151.

Wanhalla, A. (2011). Interracial sexual violence in 1860s New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of History, 45(1), 71-84.

Wanhalla, A. (2011). The ‘bickerings’ of the ‘Mangungu Brethren’: Talk, tales and rumour in early New Zealand. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 12, 13-28.

Pickles, K., & Wanhalla, A. (2010). Embodying the colonial encounter: Explaining New Zealand's 'Grace Darling', Huria Matenga. Gender & History, 22(2), 361-381. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01595.x

Wanhalla, A. (2008). Women "living across the line": Intermarriage on the Canadian prairies and in southern New Zealand, 1870-1900. Ethnohistory, 55(1), 29-49. doi: 10.1215/00141801-2007-045

Wanhalla, A. (2008). In/visible sight: Māori-European families in urban New Zealand, 1890-1940. Visual Anthropology, 21(1), 39-57. doi: 10.1080/08949460701688957

Wanhalla, A. (2008). ″One white man I like very much″: Intermarriage and the cultural encounter in southern New Zealand, 1829-1850. Journal of Women's History, 20(2), 34-56.

Wanhalla, A. (2007). 'My piece of land at Taieri': Boundary formation and contestation at the Taieri Native Reserve, 1844-1868. New Zealand Journal of History, 41(1), 44-60.

Wanhalla, A. (2007). To 'Better the Breed of Men': Women and eugenics in New Zealand, 1900-1935. Women's History Review, 16(2), 163-182.

Wanhalla, A. (2007). Ngāi Tahu historiography. History Compass, 5(3), 802-817.

Wanhalla, A. (2006). Housing un/healthy bodies: Native housing surveys and Maori health in New Zealand 1930-45. Health & History, 8(1), 100-120. Retrieved from http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/hah/8.1/wanhalla.html

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