Ms Josie Olsen

BA in History and European Studies, Honours in History

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Josephine Olsen is a PhD student in History at the University of Auckland. Her PhD focuses on French, British, American and Italian editions of Vogue in the context of local and international women's movements during the 1970s.

Josephine completed her undergraduate degree in History and European Studies at the University of Auckland in 2015, and completed her honours in History in 2017. Her honours dissertation examined advertising in American Vogue during the 1970s, finding evidence of post-feminist and "choice" feminist rhetoric even at the height of the second wave. Josephine also wrote two special studies to complete her honours degree. The first of these, under the supervision of the History department, examined the cultural politics of the Venice Film Festival from its inception under Fascism through to the height of the Cold War. The other was supervised through the Italian department, and investigated the Australian works of Giuseppe Capra, an Italian missionary and unofficial cultural/political ambassador to Australia in the early 1900s.

Research | Current

My current research focuses on a feminist reading of international Vogue magazines - French, British, American and Italian - in the context of the women's movements during the 1970s. 


2016 Steve and Susan West Visiting Scholarship in United States History

Summer 2014/15 Summer Scholarship with Dr Daniela Cavallaro in the School of European Languages and Literature, University of Auckland 

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Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 712
New Zealand