School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Jen Kain



My first monograph-entitled Insanity and Immigration Control in New Zealand and Australia 1860-1930-was published in November 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan's Mental Health in Historical Perspective series. In 2018 I was awarded a New Zealand History Research Trust grant for this book project, which expands on my PhD thesis.

Between 2016-2017 I held the Alan Pearsall Junior Fellowship in Maritime History 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.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In the academic year 2019/20 I am delivering my own Stage 2 module on the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. 


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.


HIS1025 World Empires

HIS1030 Evidence and Argument

HIS1046 History of the Americas

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

HIS2242 Researching History

HIS2252 Aotearoa New Zealand *Module Leader*

SHS8127 The Patient in History