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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84498

Dr Philip Steer

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

Philip completed an MA at Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD at Duke University. He taught for one year at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, before returning to New Zealand in 2010 to join Massey's School of English and Media Studies at the Palmerston North campus. He and his wife have four children and an overgrown garden.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 951 7498
    Location: 4.54, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • - Duke University (2009)
  • - Victoria University of Wellington (2004)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Philip has published a variety of essays on the relationship between literary form and cultural politics in New Zealand and Britain's nineteenth-century settler empire. In 2011 he was awarded a Marden Fast-Start Grant for a book project exploring the transnational and transcolonial linkages between New Zealand, Britain and Australia in the nineteenth century, provisionally titled Borders of Britishness: Settler Colonialism, Literary Form, and Greater Britain, 1829-1915.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505)


Victorian literature; New Zealand literature; the novel; settler colonialism; nineteenth century transnational literature and culture.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5

Completed Projects

Project Title: Realism, romance, and the settler colony: Literary form, imperial territory and political economy, 1829-1915

Date Range: 2012 - 2015

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Steer, PMC. (2015). Book Reveiw: Narrative and critique in the South Pacific. Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 48(1), 162-165
[Book Review]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015). Book Review: The Victorian colonial romance with the antipodes. Journal of New Zealand Studies. , 112-115Retreived from https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/issue/view/471
[Book Review]Authored by: Steer, P.


Steer, PMC. (2017, September). “Was such a change in the seasons credible?": Climate Extremes, Climate Knowledge, and the Victorian Novel. Presented at Vcologies 2. University of Houston, Texas.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2017, September). Curnow and Environmentalism. Presented at A Symposium on the Life and Works of Allen Curnow. Auckland University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016, November). Colonial bildung and metropolitan sociality: The mark system, urania cottage, and great expectations. Presented at North American Victorian Studies Assocaition [NAVSA] 2016. Phoenix, Arizona.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015, July). Ecology and epic in the settler colony. Presented at North American Victorian Studies Association. Honolulu, Hawai'i.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

Media and Links

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Senior Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Business Services Manager - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary - Wellington
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Claire Jowsey
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: C.Jowsey@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 212 7057

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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