Katie Pickles

Professor (History) / James Cook Research FellowKatie Pickles

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Research Interests

A scholar of feminist and postcolonial history, Katie Pickles has published three monographs, six co-edited collections and over 70 journal articles, chapters in books and high impact popular press articles on aspects of gender, empire, heroines, national identity and decolonisation. The award of a James Cook Research Fellowship (2017) recognised Katie’s national and international standing in her research area.
Katie is an expert on female imperialism (Female Imperialism and National Identity) and the life, death and commemoration of Edith Cavell (Transnational Outrage). Her research on landscape, power and culture in Christchurch advanced original ideas about decolonisation (Christchurch Ruptures).
Katie has given many prestigious keynote and memorial lectures. Service includes Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research, Associate Dean of Arts Research, and President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She has served as Australasian section editor for the journal History Compass, Associate editor for Kotuitui: NZ Journal of Social Sciences Online and on the editorial boards of New Zealand Journal of History, Women's Studies Journal, and the Canadian Geographer. Katie has supervised over 30 postgraduate students. She is currently completing a books about Heroines in History and starting a new biography of Kate Sheppard.

Recent Publications

  • Pickles K. (2022) Heroines in History: A Thousand Faces. Routledge.
  • Pickles K. (2018) Female imperialism and national identity. 1-209.
  • Pickles K. (2016) Christchurch Ruptures. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books. 198.
  • Pickles K. (2015) Transnational Outrage: The Death and Commemoration of Edith Cavell (paperback edition). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 277pp-277pp.
  • Pickles K. (2009) Female imperialism and national identity: Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (paperback edition). Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. 209pp-209pp.