Emeritus Professor Erik Olssen is a graduate of Otago University (1965) and Duke University (1970). For many years he taught at Otago and published on American and New Zealand History. He also ran one of the country’s largest inter-disciplinary collaborative research projects which has produced four books, two edited collections, and over 30 papers in refereed international journals. He has published over 80 articles and papers and several books. Among his most important books are A History of Otago (1984),The Red Feds (1988), Building the New World (1994), and (with Clyde Griffen and Frank Jones) An Accidental Utopia? Social mobility and the foundations of an egalitarian society (2011). He is currently working on a photographic essay on ‘Working Lives” and a history of New Zealand.