Associate Professor Ann Sullivan

BA, MA Soc Sc, PhD.


  • Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa

Ann Sullivan is Ngāpuhi, and Ngati Manu. She has a PhD in Political Science. Her main research and teaching interests are in the field on Māori Politics and Public Policy. 

Research | Current

  • Māori politics and public policy
  • Māori representation, participation and voting behaviour
  • Māori development and public policies, indigenous rights, local government and governance issues

Ann's main research interests are Māori Politics and public policy. These include Māori representation, participation and voting behaviour, Māori development and contemporary issues and public policies, indigenous rights, local government and governance issues.

Associate Professor Ann Sullivan's Research

Teaching | Current

MĀORI 335 Mana Taketake / Indigenous Sovereignty and Public Policy

MĀORI 743 Tōrangapu / Issues in Māori Politics and Policy

MĀORI 790 Tātari / Dissertation

POLITICS 229 Mana Maori Motuhake / Maori Politics and Public Policy

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise graduate students in the areas of Maori development, public policy and voting behaviour.

Areas of expertise

Maori Politics and Public Policy.  Maori electoral behaviour, representation and voting behaviour in local government and national elections


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Board Member Auckland University Press

Member of Marsden Fund Social Science Panel 2013 - 2015

Member University of Auckland Staffing Committee 2013 - 2015

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sullivan, A., & Toki, V. (2012). It's Not About Race It's About Rights. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 57, 1-28. 10.1108/S1059-4337(2012)0000057004
  • Sullivan, A. (2011). Maori Representation, Local Government and the Auckland Council. In J. Drage, J. McNeill, C. Cheyne (Eds.) Along A Fault-Line. New Zealand's Changing Local Government Landscape (pp. 59-74). Wellington: Dunmore.
  • Sullivan, A. (2010). Minority Indigenous Representation. In M. Mulholland, V. Tawhai (Eds.) Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and a Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 251-268). Wellington: Huia Publishers.
  • Sullivan, A., & Hayward, J. (2010). The Māori Electorates and Agency Theory: Refocusing debate about the Māori Seats. In Maria Bargh (Ed.) Maori and Parliament: diverse strategies and compromises (pp. 167-180). Wellington: Huia Publishers.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 205
New Zealand