Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie

Adjunct Research Fellow
Stout Research Centre

I am an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, where I was the J.D. Stout Research Fellow in 2018. I am also a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. I taught for 27 years at the University of Otago; during 2011-2015, as Head of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. I have had a leading role within multidisciplinary research networks in Asian studies, Pacific studies, migration and health. Early in my career I taught history at the University of the South Pacific and at Kenyatta University.

My interdisciplinary research and publications within Asia-Pacific studies, are  in health history, migration and diaspora, ethnicity, identity and gender. Much of this research has emphasised subaltern, neglected, and silenced histories. My book, Colonizing Madness: Asylum and Community in Fiji was published by University of Hawai’i Press in 2020. I am now working on a cultural history of mental depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. I am also investigating the history of yaws and syphilis in the Pacific to write a cultural history of these neglected and forgotten diseases. Future research includes a history of alcohol, society and power within the Pacific Islands.

My recent engagement in public and commissioned histories has included writing A University for the Pacific: 50 Years of USP (2018)  and a history of the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

I am very proud of my contribution to Pacific studies, serving for between 1994-2016  at different periods as Secretary/Treasurer, and President of the Pacific History Association (PHA). I was awarded Life Membership of PHA and am a  member of the Executive Committee. In 2019 I served on the  External Review Panel of the Faculty of Arts at the National University of Samoa. I currently serve on the management and editorial boards of The Journal of Pacific History (and am the book reviews co-editor) and on the international editorial advisory boards of  the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Fijian Studies, and the Global Girmit Institute.


Leckie, J.‘Insanity in a Sea of Islands: Mobility and Mental Health in New Zealand’s Pacific Sphere,’Journal of NZ Studies (forthcoming June 2021).

Leckie, J. (2020). Colonizing Madness Asylum and Community in Fiji. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Leckie, J. “Yaws and Syphilis: Forgotten Diseases of Asia-Pacific”. Rockefeller Archive Center Research Report (2019).

Leckie, J. (2018). A University for the Pacific 50 Years of USP. Suva, USP.

Leckie, J. (2018). ‘A Rich Tapestry”: The Life and Heritage of Sir Anand Satyanand. In S. Bandyopadhyay, & J. Buckingham (Eds.), India and the Antipodes: Networks, Boundaries, and Circulation (pp. 223-253). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from

Leckie, J., & Hughes, F. (2017). Mental Health in the Smaller Pacific States. In M. Lewis, & H. Minas (Eds.), Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (pp. 253-272). New York: Springer.

Leckie, J., McCarthy, A., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.) (2017). Migrant cross-cultural encounters in Asia and the Pacific. Abingdon: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315595221

Leckie, J., McCarthy, A., & Wanhalla, A. (2017). Introduction: Migrant cross-cultural encounters in Asia and the Pacific. In J. Leckie, A. McCarthy, & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Migrant cross-cultural encounters in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 1-16). Abingdon: Routledge.

Roberts, G. J., Leckie, J., & Chang, O. (2017). The history of mental health in Fiji. In H. Minas, & M. Lewis (Eds.), Mental health in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and cultural perspectives (pp. 237-252). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-7999-5_16

Leckie, J., & Durutalo, A. (2016). Kai Merika!: Fijian children of American servicemen. In J. Bennett, & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific: The Children of Indigenous Women and US Servicemen, World War II (pp. 183-201). Honolulu; Dunedin: University of Hawai’i Press; Otago University Press.

Leckie, J. (2015). Islands, intimate and public memories of the Pacific War in Fiji. In G. Carr, & K. Reeves (Eds.), Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from Small Islands (pp. 19-35). New York and London: Routledge.

Ghosh, G., & Leckie, J. (Eds.) (2015). Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press.

Leckie, J. (2015). Afterword: Multiculturalism, being Asian and belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. In G. Ghosh, & J. Leckie (Eds.), Asians and the new multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 285-299). Dunedin: Otago University Press.

Bennett, J. A., Leckie, J., & Wanhalla, A. (2014). Mothers' darlings: Secrets and silences in the wake of the Pacific War. In The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture (pp. 214-232). doi:10.4324/9781315815541

Leckie, J. (2014). Anand Satyanand: A prominent son of the Indian diaspora. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies16(2), 31-46.

Leckie, J. (2012). ‘Lost souls’: Madness, suicide, and migration in colonial Fiji until 1920. In A. McCarthy, & C. Coleborne (Eds.), Migration Ethnicity and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010 (pp. 123-140). New York and London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203128435

Edmond, J., Johnson, H., & Leckie, J. (2011). Recentring Asia: Histories, encounters, identities. Leiden: Global Oriental/Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004212619

Leckie, J. (2011). Indians in the South Pacific: Recentred diasporas. In Recentring Asia: Histories, Encounters, Identities (pp. 54-84). doi:10.1163/9789004212619_005

Leckie, J., Edmond, J., & Johnson, H. (2011). Introduction. In Recentring Asia: Histories, encounters, identities.

Voci, P., & Leckie, J. (2011). Localizing Asia in Aotearoa. Wellington: Dunmore Publishing.

Leckie, J. (2011). Introduction. In J. Edmond, H. Johnson, & J. Leckie (Eds.), Recentring Asia: Histories, encounters, identities (pp. 1-10). Leiden: The Netherlands: Global Oriental.

Leckie, J. (2009). Development in an insecure and gendered world: The relevance of the millennium goals. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Leckie, J. (2009). Development, gender and security in a new millennium. In Development in an Insecure and Gendered World: The Relevance of the Millennium Goals (pp. 3-28). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Leckie, Jacqueline, (2007) Indian Settlers. The Story of a New Zealand South Asian Community. Dunedin, Otago University Press.

Leckie, J. (1998). The southernmost Indian Diaspora: From Gujarat to Aotearoa. South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies21, 161-180. doi:10.1080/00856409808723354

Leckie, J. (1997). To Labour with the State The Fiji Public Service Association. Otago University Press.

Clive Moore, Leckie, J., & Munro, D. (eds) (1990). Labour in the South Pacific. Townsville, James Cook University of North Queensland.