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Dr Miranda Johnson

Miranda Johnson imageContact details

Room 2S5, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 5761
Email miranda.johnson@otago.ac.nz

Academic qualifications

2008: PhD University of Chicago
2003: MA University of Auckland
2000: BA (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington

Research interests

Miranda is a historian of colonialism and decolonization, focussing on issues of settler identity, race, indigeneity, citizenship, and the politics of writing history. Her research and teaching focusses on Anglophone settler societies of the South Pacific and North America.

Her first book, The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law and the Settler State (Oxford University Press, 2016) examined the wide-ranging effects of legal claims of Indigenous peoples in the settler states of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada in the late twentieth century. It won the W. K. Hancock Prize in 2018 from the Australian Historical Association.

She is currently writing a book on the mytho-history of the frontier in the Anglophone settler world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. She is also working on another book on the politics of history-making in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.

She has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Sydney. With Dr. Frances Steel, she is co-director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.

Areas of research supervision

Miranda welcomes students in Pacific, Australian, New Zealand and North American history, with a focus on race, indigeneity, and settler identity in contexts of colonialism, decolonization, and postcolonialism, as well as in intersecting areas of environmental, political and constitutional histories. She is particularly interested in working with students interested in questions of historical practice and theory.

Current supervisions:

  • Steven O'Connor, PhD current
  • Georgina White, PhD current (associate supervisor)

Teaching

  • HIST 102 The Global Twentieth Century
  • HIST 241 War and Society in the Modern World
  • HIST 347 Empires Strike Back: A Global History of Decolonization
  • HIST 353 Practising History
  • HIST 431 Special topic: Constituting New Zealand

Editorial responsibilities

Miranda is section editor Australasia and Pacific for History Compass and she sits on the editorial board of the New Zealand Journal of History.

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Publications

Johnson, M. (2016). The land is our history: Indigeneity, law, and the settler state. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 248p.

Anderson, W., Johnson, M., & Brookes, B. (Eds.). (2018). Pacific futures: Past and present. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 314p.

Johnson, M., & Storr, C. (2022). Australia as empire. In P. Cane, L. Ford & M. McMillan (Eds.), The Cambridge legal history of Australia. (pp. 258-280). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108633949.011

Johnson, M. (2021). Indigenizing self-determination at the United Nations: Reparative progress in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Journal of the History of International Law [Revue d'histoire du droit international], 23(1), 206-228. doi: 10.1163/15718050-12340164

Johnson, M. (2021). Indigeneity: Making and contesting the concept. In M. Valverede, K. Clarke, E. Darian-Smith & P. Kotiswaran (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of law and society. (pp. 166-169). Abingdon, YK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429293306

Johnson, M. (2016). The land is our history: Indigeneity, law, and the settler state. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 248p.

Authored Book - Research

Anderson, W., Johnson, M., & Brookes, B. (Eds.). (2018). Pacific futures: Past and present. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 314p.

Edited Book - Research

Johnson, M., & Storr, C. (2022). Australia as empire. In P. Cane, L. Ford & M. McMillan (Eds.), The Cambridge legal history of Australia. (pp. 258-280). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108633949.011

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2021). Indigenizing self-determination at the United Nations: Reparative progress in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Journal of the History of International Law [Revue d'histoire du droit international], 23(1), 206-228. doi: 10.1163/15718050-12340164

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2021). Indigeneity: Making and contesting the concept. In M. Valverede, K. Clarke, E. Darian-Smith & P. Kotiswaran (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of law and society. (pp. 166-169). Abingdon, YK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429293306

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2020). Connecting indigenous rights to human rights in the anglo settler states: Another 1970s story. In A. D. Moses, M. Duranti & R. Burke (Eds.), Decolonization, self-determination, and the rise of global human rights politics. (pp. 109-131). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108783170.006

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2020). Toward a genealogy of the researcher as subject in post/decolonial Pacific histories. History & Theory, 59(3), 421-429. doi: 10.1111/hith.12170

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2019). Between critique and creativity: Some other politics of writing history in Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. Dube, S. Seth & A. Skaria (Eds.), Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South: Subaltern studies, postcolonial perspectives, and the Anthropocene. (pp. 19-28). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429199745

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2019). The case of the million-dollar duck: A hunter, his treaty, and the bending of the settler contract. American Historical Review, 124(1), 56-86. doi: 10.1093/ahr/rhy576

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2019). Knotted histories. Journal of New Zealand Studies, NS29, 89-96. doi: 10.26686/jnzs.v0iNS29.6264

Journal - Research Other

Aldrich, R., & Johnson, M. (2018). History and colonisation. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of island studies: A world of islands. (pp. 153-172). London, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M., & Rowse, T. (2018). Indigenous and other Australians since 1901: A conversation between Professor Tim Rowse and Dr Miranda Johnson. Aboriginal History, 42, 125-140. doi: 10.22459/AH.42.2018.06

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2018). Introduction: The declension of history. In W. Anderson, M. Johnson & B. Brookes (Eds.), Pacific futures: Past and present. (pp. 1-14). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2018). Sacred claims and the politics of indigeneity in Australia. Journal of Religious & Political Practice, 4(1), 78-92. doi: 10.1080/20566093.2017.1393174

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2017). Australia's black history: The politics of comparison and transnational indigenous activism in commonwealth settler states. In A. Clark, A. Rees & A. Simmonds (Eds.), Transnationalism, nationalism and Australian history. (pp. 35-47). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-5017-6_3

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2016). Chiefly women: Queen Victoria, Meri Mangakahia, and the Māori parliament. In S. Carter & M. Nugent (Eds.), Mistress of everything: Queen Victoria in indigenous worlds. (pp. 228-245). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2016). Making a treaty archive: Indigenous rights on the Canadian development frontier. In S. Motha & H. van Rijswijk (Eds.), Law, memory, violence: Uncovering the counter-archive. (pp. 195-214). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315737157

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2015). Indigeneity and the archive: Mediating the public, the private and the communal. In P. Ashton, C. Gibson & R. Gibson (Eds.), By-roads and hidden treasures: Mapping cultural assets in regional Australia. (pp. 87-98). Perth, Australia: UWA Publishing.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2014). Writing indigenous histories now. Australian Historical Studies, 45(3), 317-330. doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2014.946525

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2011). Burdens of belonging: Indigeneity and the re-founding of Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of History, 45(1), 102-112.

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2011). Reconciliation, indigeneity, and postcolonial nationhood in settler states. Postcolonial Studies, 14(2), 187-201. doi: 10.1080/13688790.2011.563457

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2009). The Gove Land Rights Case and the problem of history in a decolonising Australia. In B. Attwood & T. Griffiths (Eds.), Frontier, race, nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian history. (pp. 305-329). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, M. (2008). Making history public: Indigenous claims to settler states. Public Culture, 20(1), 97-117. doi: 10.1215/08992363-2007-018

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2005). 'The land of the wrong white crowd': Anti-racist organizations and Pakeha identity politics in the 1970s. New Zealand Journal of History, 39(2), 137-157.

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2005). Honest acts and dangerous supplements: Indigenous oral history and historical practice in settler societies. Postcolonial Studies, 8(3), 261-276. doi: 10.1080/13688790500231046

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, M. (2022). [Review of the book Empire and the making of native title: Sovereignty, property and indigenous people]. Australian Historical Studies, 53(1), 171-172. doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2022.2018963

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2021). [Review of the book Home rule: National sovereignty and the separation of natives and migrants]. American Historical Review, 126(3), 1236-1237. doi: 10.1093/ahr/rhab392

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2021). An epic of place where two peoples were transformed. The Age, (24 February). Retrieved from https://www.theage.com.au/culture/books/an-epic-of-place-where-two-peoples-were-transformed-20210223-p5755o.html

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2020). [Review of the book Found in translation: Many meanings on a North Australian mission]. History of Education Review, 49(2), 272-274. doi: 10.1108/HER-10-2020-080

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2020). Shaunnagh Dorsett on Māori and colonial courts [Review of the book Juridical Encounters: Māori and the colonial courts, 1840–1852]. History Australia, 17(4), 766-767. doi: 10.1080/14490854.2020.1838933

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2019). [Review of the book Dynamics of difference in Australia: Indigenous past and present in a settler country]. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 65(3), 482-483. doi: 10.1111/ajph.12593

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2019, March). In the spirit of reconciliation. The Immanent Frame: Social Science Research Council blog. Retrieved from http://tif.ssrc.org/2019/03/08/in-the-spirit-of-reconciliation/

Other Research Output

Johnson, M. (2018). [Review of the book Aboriginal rights claims and the making and remaking of history]. University of Toronto Quarterly, 87(3), 283-284. doi: 10.3138/utq.87.3.7

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2017). [Review of the book Decolonisation and the Pacific: Indigenous globalisation and the ends of empire]. American Historical Review, 122(5), 1599-1600. doi: 10.1093/ahr/122.5.1599

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2017). [Review of the book Entanglements of empire: Missionaries, Māori, and the question of the body]. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 26(1), 142-144. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2017). [Review of the books Just relations: The story of Mary Bennett’s crusade for Aboriginal rights; Different white people: Radical activism for Aboriginal rights 1946–1972; Trapped in the gap: Doing good in indigenous Australia]. Australian Historical Studies, 48(2), 293-295. doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1302288

Journal - Research Other

Antonellos, S., Rantall, J., Haskins, V., Haake, C., Healy, S., Johnson, M., & Stevens, L. (2017). Indigenous history [A conversation facilitated by Steven Antonellos and Jayne Rantall]. Australasian Journal of American Studies, 36(2), 115-128.

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2011). [Review of the book Settler sovereignty: Jurisdiction and indigenous people in America and Australia, 1788–1836]. Comparative Studies in Society & History, 53(1), 219-220. doi: 10.1017/S0010417510000691

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2010). [Review of the book Mata Toa: The life and times of Ranginui Walker]. Journal of Pacific History, 45(1), 174-175. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2010.484185

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2009). [Review of the book Rights and redemption: History, law and indigenous people]. History Australia, 6(1), 25.1-25.3. doi: 10.2104/ha090025

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2006). [Review of the book One and a half Pacific Islands/Teuana ao Teiterana n aba n Te Betebeke: Stories the Banaban people tell of themselves/I-Banaba aika a Karakon oin Rongorongoia]. Journal of Pacific History, 41(3), 340-341. doi: 10.1080/00223340600984851

Journal - Research Other

Johnson, M. (2006). [Review of the book The Waitangi Tribunal and New Zealand history]. Law, Culture & the Humanities, 2(1), 136-138. doi: 10.1191/1743872106lw040xx

Journal - Research Other

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