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Associate Professor Kerry Taylor PhD, BA(H), BA

Head of School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 9516570
    Location: 4.04B, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Victoria University (1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Victoria University (1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Victoria University (1984)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I work in the area of New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and labour movement. I have published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement. This research has increasingly taken on a comparative and transnational approach.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000): New Zealand History (210311)


New Zealand Labour and Socialist History, New Zealand Political History, Comparative and Transnational Labour History, Oral History

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 6

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

New Zealand History, Historical Methodology, Protest Politics, History and Film

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 0 5
Co-supervisor 0 3

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Linda Johnson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Maori Activism Across Borders, 1950-1980s
  • 2012 - Rachael Bell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Memory, History, Nation, War The Official Histories of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45
  • 2010 - Carina Hickey - Doctor of Philosophy
    From coal pit to leather pit: Life stories of Robert Semple
  • 2010 - Carol Neill - Doctor of Philosophy
    Trading our way: Developments in New Zealand's Trade Policy 1930s to 1980s
  • 2006 - Claire Robinson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Advertising and the Market Orientation of Political Parties Contesting the 1999 and 2002 New Zealand General Election Campaigns

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Fiona McKergow - Doctor of Philosophy
    Colonial Textile Culture in Mid-Nineteenth Century Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 2018 - Daniel Wildy - Doctor of Philosophy
    Reeling Them In: Printed New Zealand Army Recruiting Material 1899-1999
  • 2008 - Simon Nash - Doctor of Philosophy
    Integration of Citizens' Agendas in New Zealand Local Government environmental decision-making: An examination of two wastewater planning processes and implications for deliberate democracy

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