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Academic Subject Adviser (History)
Māori Students' Liaison Officer
Postgraduate Co-ordinator (MA and PhD)

Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāi Tahu

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

Academic qualifications

2005: PhD University of Canterbury
2001: MA University of Canterbury
1999: BA(Hons) University of Canterbury

Research interests

Angela specialises in Māori, New Zealand, and women's history. Her  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. In addition to her work on the history of marriage and the family, Angela also has an interest in material and visual culture, particularly the history of photography.

Angela is currently involved in two projects:  a book on the social, legal and cultural legacies of the American occupation of New Zealand through the experiences of New Zealand's GI War Brides. She is also working on a collaborative project with Professor Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu) on the Māori Home Front during the Second World War, which is supported by a Marsden Grant.

Read more about the Māori Home Front project

Courses taught

  • HIST 107 New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century
  • HIST 242 Histories of Crime and Punishment
  • HIST 246 Activist Histories: Contesting Settler Colonialism
  • HIST 353 Practising History

Areas of research supervision

Cross-cultural encounters, colonialism and race in nineteenth century New Zealand, Māori history, gender, marriage, the family and the history of sexuality.


Wanhalla, A. (2023). Of love and war: Pacific brides of World War II. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 252p. Authored Book - Research

Wanhalla, A. (2013). Matters of the heart: A history of interracial marriage in New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 231p. Authored Book - Research

Wanhalla, A., Ryan, L., & Nurka, C. (Eds.). (2023). Aftermaths: Colonialism, violence and memory in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 312p. Edited Book - Research

Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (2017). He Reo Wāhine: Māori women's voices from the nineteenth century. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 372p. Authored Book - Research

Bennett, J. A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2016). Mothers' darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and US servicemen, World War II. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 379p. Edited Book - Research

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