School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Jen Kain



I am currently preparing my first monograph entitled Insanity and Immigration Control in New Zealand and Australia 1860-1930 which is under contract with Palgrave MacMillan for their Mental Health in Historical Perspective series. I have been awarded a prestigious New Zealand History Research Trust grant for this purpose.

Between 2016-2017 I held the Alan Pearsall Junior Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, for my post-doctoral project 'Seamen as Prohibited Immigrants: Shore leave, sickness, sanity and syphilis'.

I completed my PhD at Northumbria University in 2015 and my MA in the History of the Americas at Newcastle University in 2010.


My research focuses on health-related immigration control in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am more broadly interested in maritime history, migration, mental illness and the colonial histories of New Zealand and Australia.


HIS1046  History of the Americas

HIS2131  American Slavery, American Freedom: Black and White America in the Age of Revolutions