Malcolm McKinnon


  • BA (Hons), PhD VUW
  • MPhil Oxford


Malcolm McKinnon is an adjunct associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. He taught New Zealand history and international relations in the History Department at Victoria University of Wellington between 1979 and 1990; he has taught courses and supervised research in the School over the last fifteen years.

He published a landmark study of New Zealand’s international relations, Independence and Foreign Policy, in 1993. He was general editor of the New Zealand Historical Atlas/Ko Papatuanuku e Takoto Nei, published in 1997. He has published histories of the New Zealand Treasury and of the depression of the 1930s in New Zealand, and has contributed extensively to Te Ara, the online New Zealand encyclopedia. He has also published on New Zealand relations with Asia and on Asian urbanisation.

Malcolm has held Harkness and Fulbright scholarships in the United States and a Japan Foundation fellowship at Kyushu University. He is a vice president of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and on the editorial committee of its journal, New Zealand International Review.

Current research areas

New Zealand foreign relations; the New Zealand political economy; geography and explanation in New Zealand history; historical perspectives on modernization.

Principal publications

  • Independence and Foreign Policy: New Zealand in the world since 1935, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 1993.
  • Immigrants and citizens: New Zealanders and Asian immigration in historical context , Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 1996.
  • New Zealand historical atlas/Ko Papatuanuku e takoto nei , Auckland, David Bateman Ltd, 1997.
  • Treasury: the New Zealand Treasury, 1840–2000, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2003.
  • Asian Cities: Globalization, urbanization and nation-building, Copenhagen, NIAS Press, 2011.
  • New Zealand and ASEAN: a history, Wellington, Asia New Zealand Foundation, 2016.
  • The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand 1928-1939, Dunedin, Otago University Press, 2016.