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Academic qualifications

1982: PhD (Modern History) Bryn Mawr College
1978: MA (Modern History) Bryn Mawr College
1976: BA(Hons) (History) University of Otago

Research interests

Professor Brookes' research interests include gender relations in New Zealand, and the history of health and disease in New Zealand and Britain. Most recently she has published A History of New Zealand Women (Bridget Williams Books, 2016), a survey history from the first waka to 2016. Barbara's first monograph on Abortion in England, 1900-1967, first published in 1988, was republished by Routledge in 2013 in their Women's History series. Barbara has co-edited (with Charlotte Macdonald and Margaret Tennant) two collections of essays on New Zealand women's history, and has edited six other volumes, most recently (together with Tracy Penny Light and Wendy Mitchinson) an international collection entitled Bodily Subjects: Histories of Gender and Health (McGill-Queens University Press, 2014).

Areas of research supervision

Professor Brookes is interested in hearing from students who are interested in research in medical history, women's history, or aspects of New Zealand's cultural history.

Editorial responsibilities

Professor Brookes is currently co-editor, with Professor Angela Wanhalla, of the New Zealand Journal of History and is on the Editorial Boards of:

  • Women's History Review
  • Health and History
  • Journal of Family History


Brookes, B. (2018). Papering over madness: Accountability and resistance in colonial asylum files: A New Zealand case study. Rethinking History, 22(3), 356-374. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2018.1486955

Brookes, B. (2013). Abortion in England 1900-1967 (Vol. 7) (2nd ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 208p.

Holland, A., & Brookes, B. (Eds.). (2011). Rethinking the racial moment: Essays on the colonial encounter. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 270p.

Brookes, B. (2010). Which barrier was broken? Broken barrier and New Zealand cinema in the 1950s. New Zealand Journal of History, 44(2), 121-137.

Brookes, B. (2007). Gender, work and fears of a 'hybrid race' in 1920s New Zealand. Gender & History, 19(3), 501-518.

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