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Dr Angela Wanhalla

Dr. Angela Wanhalla (Department of History and Art History) works at the intersection between gender, race and sexuality in colonial history, with a specific focus on the social and cultural history of intimacy within colonial cultures. Her most recent book, Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2013), draws together these research interests.

Angela is currently involved in two collaborative projects. In the Marsden-funded Mothers Darlings (US Fathers of Pacific Children) with Professor Judy Bennett (History) and Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie (Anthropology) she is tracing the fate of the children fathered by US servicemen in the South Pacific during WWII. The second project, with Dr. Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu), is concerned with Māori women’s writing in the 19th century.

In 2013 Angela was awarded a prestigious 5-year Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, for a project titled “The Politics of Private Life: A History of Marriage in New Zealand“.

See Angela’s departmental webpage, and selected downloads on

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