Associate Professor Helen Gardner teaches twentieth century international history; race, science and religion in the formation or denial of citizenship in Australasia in the late 19th century and the decolonisation of Melanesia. Helen’s research is on local and global histories of race, mission, colonialism and decolonisation in Australia and the Pacific Islands throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For the Contemporary Histories Research Group, Helen leads research into contemporary and historical Pacific issues. In 2015, Helen and Patrick McConvell’s new publication Southern Anthropology: A History of Fison and Howitt’s Kamilaroi and Kurnai was released.
In 2015 Helen presented at the Waigani seminar in Papua New Guinea and undertake a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Helen is also co-editing an affiliated special issue on the history of Australian anthropology to be published in Oceania in 2016.