Malcolm McKinnon


Malcolm McKinnon is an adjunct associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. He taught New Zealand history and international relations in the History Department at Victoria University of Wellington between 1979 and 1990; he has taught courses and supervised research in the School over the last fifteen years.

He published a landmark study of New Zealand’s international relations, Independence and Foreign Policy, in 1993. He was general editor of the New Zealand Historical Atlas/Ko Papatuanuku e Takoto Nei, published in 1997. He has published histories of the New Zealand Treasury and of the depression of the 1930s in New Zealand, and has contributed extensively to Te Ara, the online New Zealand encyclopedia. He has also published on New Zealand relations with Asia and on Asian urbanisation.

Malcolm has held Harkness and Fulbright scholarships in the United States and a Japan Foundation fellowship at Kyushu University. He is a vice president of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and on the editorial committee of its journal, New Zealand International Review.


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  • Public speaking
  • Teaching
  • Writing


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