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.


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