David Pearson

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Social and Cultural Studies

David Pearson


BA (Hons) PhD (Leic)

Research specialties

Comparing settler societies (especially Australia, New Zealand and Canada); the British diaspora; ethnic politics; nationalism; social inequality.

Selected publications

Pearson, D, 'Ambiguous immigrants? Examining the changing status of the English in New Zealand', Nations and Nationalism, 20, 3, July (2014), pp. 503-522.

Pearson, D, 'Comparing Cultures of Decline? Class Perceptions among English Migrants in New Zealand', New Zealand Sociology, 28, 3, (2013), pp. 81-101.

Pearson D. 2012. Review of Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850–1930. By Tanja Bueltmann. The American Historical Review, 2012, 117(4):1209-1210.

Pearson D. 2012. New Zealand, in Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (eds) Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives, second edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne: pp 157-161.

Pearson D. 2012. Arcadia Reinvented? Recounting the Recent Sentiments and Experiences of English Migrants to New Zealand, in Lyndon Fraser and Angela McCarthy (eds) Far From ‘Home’ The English in New Zealand, Otago University Press, Dunedin: 145-164.

Pearson D. 2011. Review of Humphris A., and Mew G., Ring Around the City Wellington's New Suburbs 1900-1930 (Steele Roberts, 2009), in New Zealand Sociology, 26, 2, 2011.

Pearson D. and Sedgwick C. ‘The English Question in New Zealand: Exploring national attachments and detachments among English Migrants’, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 16: (October, 2010), pp.1-22.

Pearson D. 'Citizenship, 'culturalisms' and civic pluralism: comparing New Zealand and Australia', in Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalization (Cresskill, Hampton Press, 2010), pp. 147-164.

Pearson D. 'The majority factor: shaping Chinese and Maori minorities', in The Dragon & The Taniwha : Chinese and Maori Encounters, edited by Manying Ip (Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2009), pp. 32-55.

Pearson, D. 'Citizenship, Identity and Belonging: Addressing the Mythologies of the Unitary Nation State in Aotearoa/New Zealand', in James Liu et al, New Zealand Identities, Departures and Destinations, (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2005), pp. 21-37.

Pearson, D. 'Reconnecting the Antipodes: A reflective note', Thesis Eleven, No. 82, August 2005, pp. 88-96.

Pearson, D.'Rethinking Citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand', in Pearson, D., Spoonley, P. and Macpherson, C., Tangata Tangata: The Changing Ethnic Contours of New Zealand, (Melbourne: Thomson Dunmore Press, 2004), pp. 291-314.

Pearson, D. 'Case Study 4: "Ethnicity and nationalism" ', in Bilton, T., et al., Introductory Sociology (4th ed) (Palgrave, Basingstoke, England, 2002), pp. 16-24.

Pearson, D. 'Theorizing citizenship in British Settler societies', Ethnic and Racial Studies, 25, 6 (2002), pp. 989-1012.

Pearson, D. The Politics of Ethnicity in Settler Societies. States of Unease (Palgrave, Basingstoke, England, 2001), 228pp.

Pearson, D. 'Divergent Nationalisms: Some comparative thoughts on Australia, Canada and New Zealand', Political Science, 53, 1 (2001), pp. 3-16.

Pearson, D. 'The ties that unwind: civic and ethnic imaginings in New Zealand', Nations and Nationalism, 6, 1 (2000), pp. 91-110.

Memberships, appointments and other work

  • editorial Advisory Board member for New Zealand Sociology Journal
  • editorial Advisory Board member for Journal of New Zealand Studies
  • on review panels for Ethnic and Racial Studies and International Migration Review.