Associate Professor Malcolm Colin Campbell


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Head of School of Humanities

Academic appointments

2006-present: Associate Professor of History, The University of Auckland
1999-2005: Senior Lecturer in History, The University of Auckland
1992-1998: Lecturer in History, The University of Auckland
1990-1991: Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri-Columbia.
1989-1990: Lecturer, Charles Sturt University Bathurst, NSW.

Awards and distinctions

2011: Visiting Fellow, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub.
2007: Giovanni Costigan Lecturer, The University of Washington.
2005-6: Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, The University of Liverpool.
1998: Visiting Scholar, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University.
1990: Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, Australian-American Educational Foundation.

Research interests

Australian history, history of migration, oceanic history, Irish history, historical method.

Research | Current

  • Australian history
  • History of migration
  • Oceanic history
  • Irish history
  • Historical theory and method

Following the completion of my PhD, a regional study of Irish immigration to and settlement in nineteenth century Australia, my research broadened to encompass the global dimensions of Irish emigration in the century after 1815.  In particular, my work has focussed on the contrasting historiographies of Irish settlement in New World societies. I have an international reputation as a leading scholar in the comparative study of Irish immigration and settlement.

My most recent book, Ireland’s New Worlds: Immigrants, Politics and Society in the United States and Australia, 1815-1922 published by the University of Wisconsin press in its History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora series, reflects my interest in the possibilities of comparative history. I currently have two research projects currently under way.  The first is a major book entitled Ireland’s Furthest Shores: The Irish in the Pacific World. It examines trans-Pacific connections from the Western Americas through the Pacific to Australia and New Zealand in the period from the late eighteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. The book has been supported by a University of Auckland Vice Chancellor’s University Development Fund grant. The second project, influenced by History's spatial turn, explores cultural encounters between the Indian and Pacific Oceans from the fifteenth century.

Teaching | Current

I was initially appointed to teach undergraduate courses in Australian History. However, my teaching portfolio has broadened to reflect shifts in my own research interests and to respond to changes in the History curriculum. In 2001 I was part of a team that introduced History 103: Global History. This course was conceived to meet student demand for a course in world or global history and has proved popular since its introduction. In 2002, I introduced Stage 2 and 3 courses in modern Irish History. I also teach courses on historiography and historical method.

HISTORY 713 Empire and Insurgency, 1840 - 1950

Postgraduate supervision


  • Rowan Light, Commemorating ANZAC: History, Memory and Identity
  • Hu Bolin, China Australia Relations


  • Helen Robinson, "Inventing Traditions in Unsettled Societies: Historic Commemorations in New Zealand and Northern Ireland, 1940-1990", PhD.
  • Craig Beaumont,  "Bank of New Zealand in Fiji, 1876-1990", PhD.


2014: Head of the School of Humanities. Member of the Faculty of Arts Executive Team.

Areas of expertise

Australian history, history of migration, oceanic history, Irish history, historical theory and method.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the New Zealand Historical Association and the Australian Historical Association.

Member of the British Scholar Society.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Campbell, M. (2016). Restoring seas. World History Bulletin, 32 (2), 14-17.
  • Campbell, M., & Tierney, R. (2016). The missing Catholics: Religion and population decline in the Lachlan district 1870-1890. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 18, 115-138.
  • Campbell, M. (2015). 'Base and wicked characters': European island dwellers in the western Pacific, 1788-1850. In W. Jackson, E. J. Manktelow (Eds.) Subverting empire: Deviance and disorder in the British colonial world (pp. 85-103). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Campbell, M. C. (2014). Tribal Kings and Tattooed Chiefs: The Hidden Irish of the Pacific World. In Ó hAodha M, Ó Catháin M (Eds.) Irish Migrants in New Communities: Seeking the Fair Land? (pp. 3-14). Lanham, Maryland, USA: Lexington Books. Related URL.
  • Campbell, M. C. (2013). Lindsay Proudfoot, and Dianne Hall. Imperial Spaces: Placing the Irish and the Scots in Colonial Australia [Book review]. The American Historical Review, 118 (3), 835-835. 10.1093/ahr/118.3.835
  • Campbell, M. C. (2012). Review of Perry McIntyre, Free Passage: The Reunion of Irish Convicts and their Families in Australia 1788- 1852. Australian Historical Studies, volume 43, issue 1, pp. 137-138, 43 (1), 137-138. 10.1080/1031461X.2012.652299
  • Campbell, M. C. (2010). Michael Davitt's Pacific World. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 4 (1), 131-144.
  • Campbell, M. C., & Fraser, L. (2010). Introduction. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 11-15.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 5, Room 512
New Zealand

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