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Associate Professor John Stenhouse

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Room 2S10, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8609
Email john.stenhouse@otago.ac.nz


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.
 

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Publications

Stenhouse, J. (2020). Missionary science. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 90-107). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.008

Stenhouse, J. & Shogimen, T. (2020, May). Why Kiwis embraced lockdown so willingly. Newsroom: Ideasroom. Retrieved from https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/05/04/1155032/why-did-kiwis-embrace-lockdown-so-willingly

Stenhouse, J. (2019). Christian missionaries, science, and the complexity thesis in the nineteenth-century world. In B. Lightman (Ed.), Rethinking history, science and religion: An exploration of conflict and the complexity principle. (pp. 65-82). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

MacDonald, C., Wilkie, B., Wallace, V., McIlvanney, L., Stenhouse, J., & Goldie, D. (2019, December). Scotland’s colony? To what extent was Otago a Scottish colony? How does Otago complicate our understanding of Scotland’s involvement in empire? Panel discussion at the Scotland's Colony? Rethinking Otago's Caledonian Connections Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stenhouse, J. (2019, November). Reading Darwin during the New Zealand wars. Verbal presentation at the The Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Edited Book - Research

Paul, D. B., Stenhouse, J., & Spencer, H. G. (Eds.). (2018). Eugenics at the edges of empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan, 320p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2

Hofmeyr, J. W., & Stenhouse, J. (Eds.). (2018). Internationalising higher education: From South Africa to England via New Zealand : Essays in honour of Professor Gerald Pillay. Centurion, South Africa: Mediakor, 281p.

Stenhouse, J., & Knowles, B. (Eds.). (2007). Christianity in the post secular West. Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press, 290p.

Stenhouse, J., & Wood, G. A. (Eds.). (2005). Christianity, modernity and culture: New perspectives on New Zealand history. Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press.

Stenhouse, J., Knowles, B., & assisted by Wood, A. (Eds.). (2004). The future of Christianity: Historical, sociological, political and theological perspectives from New Zealand. Adelaide: ATF Press, 241p.

Stenhouse, J., & Thomson, J. (Eds.). (2004). Building God's own country: Historical essays on religions in New Zealand. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 278p.

Ahdar, R. J., & Stenhouse, J. (Eds.). (2000). God and Government: The New Zealand Experience. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 146p.

Numbers, R. L., & Stenhouse, J. (Eds.). (1999). Disseminating Darwinism: the Role of Place, Race, Religion and Gender. New York: Cambridge University Press, 300p.

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Edited Book - Other

Rae, M., Regan, H., & Stenhouse, J. (Eds.). (2016). Science and theology: Questions at the interface. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 272p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Stenhouse, J. (2020). Missionary science. In H. R. Slotten, R. L. Numbers & D. N. Livingstone (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science (Vol. 8): Modern science in national, transnational, and global context. (pp. 90-107). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781139044301.008

Stenhouse, J. (2019). Christian missionaries, science, and the complexity thesis in the nineteenth-century world. In B. Lightman (Ed.), Rethinking history, science and religion: An exploration of conflict and the complexity principle. (pp. 65-82). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2018). Undesirable Bill's undesirable bill: William Pember Reeves and eugenics in late-Victorian New Zealand. In D. B. Paul, J. Stenhouse & H. G. Spencer (Eds.), Eugenics at the edges of empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa. (pp. 129-151). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2

Stenhouse, J. (2018). Charles Darwin, Robery Fitzroy, missionaries and Maori: Science and religion in 19th-century New Zealand. In J. W. Hofmeyr & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), Internationalising higher education: From South Africa to England via New Zealand : Essays in honour of Professor Gerald Pillay. (pp. 105-126). Centurion, South Africa: Mediakor.

Paul, D. B., Stenhouse, J., & Spencer, H. G. (2018). Introduction: Eugenics as a transnational subject: The British dominions. In D. B. Paul, J. Stenhouse & H. G. Spencer (Eds.), Eugenics at the edges of empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa. (pp. 1-19). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2

Stenhouse, J. (2017). A peaceable Puritan? Rutherford Waddell and God's own country. In G. Troughton (Ed.), Saints and stirrers: Christianity, conflict and peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814-1945. (pp. 79-102). Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2017). The Bible and science. In G. B. Ferngren (Ed.), Science and religion: A historical introduction. (2nd ed.) (pp. 235-250). Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2016). God, nation and history: William Pember Reeves and the writing of New Zealand history. In G. Troughton & S. Lange (Eds.), Sacred histories in secular New Zealand. (pp. 54-71). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2015). Building "God's own country": The Reverend Rutherford Waddell, the global Irish, and New Zealand history. In C. Barr & H. M. Carey (Eds.), Religion and greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish global networks, 1750-1950. (pp. 340-362). Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2014). Calvin's own country? Calvinists, anti-Calvinists and the making of New Zealand culture. In M. Rae, P. Matheson & B. Knowles (Eds.), Calvin, the man and the legacy. (pp. 143-169). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Theology.

Stenhouse, J. (2014). Missionaries and science and medicine. In H. R. Slotten (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology (Vol. 2). (pp. 116-121). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Stenhouse, J. (2011). Church and state in New Zealand, 1835-1870: Religion, politics, and race. In H. M. Carey & J. Gascoigne (Eds.), Church and state in old and new worlds. (pp. 233-259). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Stenhouse, J. (2011). The controversy over the recognition of religious factors in New Zealand history: Some reflections. In G. Troughton & H. Morrison (Eds.), The spirit of the past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand history. (pp. 43-54). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2011). Selwyn through settler eyes. In A. K. Davidson (Ed.), A controversial churchman: Essays on George Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand and Lichfield, and Sarah Selwyn. (pp. 88-103). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books.

Stenhouse, J. (2010). The Darwinian debates in Dunedin. In D. Galloway & J. Timmins (Eds.), Aspects of Darwin: A New Zealand celebration. (pp. 104-119). Dunedin, New Zealand: Friends of the Knox College Library, Hewitson Library, Knox College.

Stenhouse, J. (2009). Religion and society. In G. Byrnes (Ed.), The new Oxford history of New Zealand. (pp. 323-356). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand.

Stenhouse, J. (2008). Secular New Zealand? Or God's own country. In B. Patrick (Ed.), New Vision New Zealand (Vol. III). (pp. 79-92). Auckland, New Zealand: Tabernacle Books.

Stenhouse, J. (2007). Introduction. In J. Stenhouse & B. Knowles (Eds.), Christianity in the post secular West. (pp. vii-xv). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2006). Galileo's dilemma. In R. Priestley (Ed.), The elegant universe of Albert Einstein: The collected lectures of the Royal Society of New Zealand E=MC2 series, broadcast on National Radio. (pp. 145-163). Wellington, New Zealand: Awa Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2005). Church, occupation and class in southern Dunedin, 1890-1940. In M. Fairburn & E. Olssen (Eds.), Class, gender and the vote: Historical perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 51-74). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2005). Christianity, women and the working class: A Dunedin case study 1885-1935. In J. Stenhouse & G. A. Wood (Eds.), Christianity, modernity and culture: New perspectives on New Zealand history. (pp. 157-179). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2005). Introduction. In J. Stenhouse & G. A. Wood (Eds.), Christianity, modernity and culture: New perspectives on New Zealand history. (pp. 1-22). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press.

Beattie, J., & Stenhouse, J. (2005). God and the natural world in nineteenth-century New Zealand. In J. Stenhouse & G. A. Wood (Eds.), Christianity, modernity and culture: New prespectives of New Zealand history. (pp. 180-206). Adelaide: ATF Press.

Stenhouse, J., & Knowles, B. (2004). Introduction. In J. Stenhouse & B. Knowles (Eds.), The future of Christianity: Historical, sociological, political and theological perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. vii-xii). Adelaide: ATF Press.

Stenhouse, J., & Paterson, L. (2004). Ngā poropiti me ngā Hāhi: Prophets and the curches. In T. M. Ka'ai, J. C. Moorfield, M. P. J. Reilly & S. Mosley (Eds.), Ki te Whaiao: An introduction to Māori culture and society. (pp. 171-180). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Stenhouse, J. (2004). Introduction. In J. Stenhouse & J. Thomson (Eds.), Building God's own country: Historical esssays on religions in New Zealand. (pp. 9-18). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Numbers, R. L., & Stenhouse, J. (2004). Anti-evolutionism in the Antipodes: From protesting evolution to promoting creationism in New Zealand. In S. Coleman & L. Carlin (Eds.), The cultures of creationism: Anti-evolutionism in English-speaking countries. (pp. 125-144). Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

Stenhouse, J. (2003). God, the devil and gender. In B. Brookes, A. Cooper & R. Law (Eds.), Sites of gender: Women, men and modernity in Southern Dunedin, 1890-1939. (pp. 313-347). Auckland University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2000). Genesis and science. In G. B. Ferngren (Ed.), The history of science and religion in the Western tradition: An encyclopedia. (pp. 76-78). New York: Garland.

Stenhouse, J., & Ahdar, R. J. (2000). Introduction. In R. J. Ahdar & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), God and Government: The New Zealand Experience. (pp. 9-20). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Stenhouse, J. (2000). Religion, politics, and the New Zealand wars 1860-1872. In R. Ahdar & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), God and Government: The New Zealand Experience. (pp. 21-40). Dunedin: University of Otago.

Numbers, R. L., & Stenhouse, J. (1999). Introduction. In R. L. Numbers & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion and Gender. (pp. 1-6). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (1999). Darwinism in New Zealand, 1859-1900. In R. L. Numbers & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion, and Gender. (pp. 61-90). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Stenhouse, J. (1996). Alfred Kingcome Newman. In C. Orange (Ed.), Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Vol III, 1901-1920. (pp. 358-359). Auckland, Wellington: Auckland University Press and the Department of In.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Stenhouse, J. (2016). Arguments for the existence of God from nature and science [Response]. In M. Rae, H. Regan & J. Stenhouse (Eds.), Science and theology: Questions at the interface. (pp. 87-96). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

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Journal - Research Article

Stenhouse, J. (2016). From Ulster to New Zealand: The remarkable career of the Reverend Rutherford Waddell. Bulletin of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, 40, 1-15.

Stenhouse, J. (2013). The passionate pastor: The cultural performances of the Reverend Rutherford Waddell. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 15, 22-35.

Paul, D. B., Stenhouse, J., & Spencer, H. G. (2013). The two faces of Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle and governor of New Zealand. Quarterly Review of Biology, 88(3), 219-225. doi: 10.1086/671485

Stenhouse, J. (2012). 'Like strychnine in its bones'? Puritanism, literary culture, and New Zealand history. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 30, 150-176.

Beattie, J., & Stenhouse, J. (2007). Empire, environment and religion: God and the natural world in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand. Environment & History, 13, 413-446.

Stenhouse, J. (2006). Christianity, gender, and the working class in Southern Dunedin, 1880-1940. Journal of Religious History, 30(1), 18-44.

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