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Room 2S10, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8609

Academic qualifications

1986: PhD Massey University
1980: BA(Hons) Massey University

Research interests

My research interests centre on the interconnections between science, religion, race, politics and gender in the modern world, using New Zealand as the major site of study. I am currently working on three projects: humanitarian and Maori Christians and their critics in colonial New Zealand; Christian missions and knowledge-making from the early church to the twenty-first century; and religion, politics, race and gender in southern Dunedin 1880–1940s.

Other interests

John is a member of the New Zealand Historical Association, the Religious History Association, the History of Science Society, the Pacific Circle Commission of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Royal Society Historical Branch and a board member of the Otago Theological Foundation.


Stenhouse, J. (2024, May). Reading Darwin during the New Zealand Wars: Science, Christianity, race and politics 1830-1890. The ICAST-NZCIS Conversations online series: Navigating the Nexus. [Research Presentation]. Other Research Output

Stenhouse, J. (2022, September). Reading Darwin during and after the New Zealand Wars, 1860-1890. History Programme Research Seminar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar]. Other Research Output

Stenhouse, J. (2022, September). Blowing the whistle on sweated labour: The Reverend Rutherford Waddell and the great anti-sweating campaign, 1880-1900. Whistleblowers: Honoured, vilified or forgotten?, University of the Third Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation]. Other Research Output

Stenhouse, J. (2022, March). Evolution and creation in New Zealand. Science & Belief in Society Podcast with James Riley and Richard Grove, International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society. Retrieved from Other Research Output

Stenhouse, J. (2022). Reading Darwin during the New Zealand wars: Science, religion, politics and race, 1835–1900. Studies in History & Philosophy of Science, 96, 87-99. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2022.09.002 Journal - Research Article

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