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Professor Joanna Kidman


Professor of Māori Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand



Joanna Kidman is affiliated with the Tainui tribes of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Raukawa. She is Professor of Māori education at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her research explores the impact of institutional and systemic racism on Māori communities. As a sociologist working in the field of indigenous studies, her work takes her to nineteenth century battlegrounds across New Zealand, where Māori defended their tribal homelands against colonial invasion, and she has written about Māori young people living in the aftermath of those conflicts who are reclaiming language, identity and culture.



Kidman, J., O’Malley, V., MacDonald, L., Roa, T. Wallis, K. (2022). Fragments from a contested past: Remembrance, denial and New Zealand history. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books.

Kidman, J., MacDonald, L., Funaki, H., Ormond, A., Southon, P. & Tomlins-Jahnke, H. (2020). ‘Native time’ in the white city: Indigenous youth temporalities in settler-colonial space. Children’s Geographies. 19(1), 24-36. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2020.1722312.

Kidman, J. & O’Malley, V. (2020). Questioning the canon: Colonial history, counter-memories and youth activism. Memory Studies. 13(4), 537-550.

Kidman, J. (2020). Whither decolonization?: Indigenous scholars and the problem of inclusion in the neoliberal university. Journal of Sociology. 56(2), 247-262. DOI/10.1177/1440783319835958.

Kidman, J. & Chu, C. (2019). “We’re not the hottest ethnicity”: Pacific scholars and the cultural politics of New Zealand universities. Globalisation, Societies and Education. 17(4), 489-499.

Kidman, J. (2018). Comparatively speaking: Notes on decolonising research. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives. 17(4), 1-10.

MacDonald, L. & Kidman, J. (2021). Uncanny pedagogies: teaching difficult histories at sites of colonial violence. Critical Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2021.1923543


Indigenous youth, Māori young people, Sociology of education
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