Gina Colvin

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou

Until the July of 2016 Dr Gina Colvin was in the permanent position of Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, where she taught across the BTchLn Primary and Early Childhood, and into the Graduate Diploma (Secondary), and the Masters of Education. Dr Colvin served UC for 12 years across Political Science and Communication, School of Maori and Cultural Development, and more recently the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Gina’s primary academic interest is in the history and future of ideas. Whether faith, belief, ideologies, symbols, representations or discourses, all communicate powerful ideas that at the same time express hope for, or hope in some kind of social action. Whether expressed in educational, religious, or political contexts my research interests are in understanding how and why particular ideas flower, change, get disrupted, are silenced, or become dogmas, and how these same ideas translate into social, political, and cultural realities.

Biographical sources

  • 8 November 2016
  • 8 November 2016


  • "The historical politics of the New Zealand half-caste." Mai Review (2008): Article 7.
  • "Roundtable: Confronting Racism." Sunstone Magazine June, 2012.
  • Co-authors B. Kramer, M. Dreisen and D. Wotherspoon.
  • "Speaking from the margins to the centre in early childhood teacher education." Te Aotūroa Tātaki: Inclusive early childhood education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand. Ed. D. Gordon-Burns, A.C. Gunn, K. Purdue & N. Surtees. Wellington, N.Z.: NZCER Press (2012): 95-114.
  • Co-authors D.M. Dachyshyn and J. Togiaso.
  • "Roundtable: The 2013 LDS Scriptures." Sunstone Magazine July, 2013.
  • Co-authors C. Harrell and D. Wotherspoon.
  • "Blood and Horror on this Earth." Sunstone Magazine Mar, 2013.
  • "Op-ed: LDS Church should go further to disavow racist priesthood ban." Salt Lake City Tribune, 21 Dec 2014.
  • Co-author K. Money.
  • "The Future of Global Mormonism: Decolonization and Inclusivity." Exponent II (Fall 2014/Winter 2015): 38-41.
  • "The Essays' Effect on the International Church." Sunstone (Summer 2015): 38-39.
  • "Journal of Mormon History, 41(3)." Ed. M. Mueller and G. Colvin. Special Race Edition. Salt Lake City: Mormon History Association (2015): 281.
  • "Roundtable Discussion: Challenging Mormon Race Scholarship." Journal of Mormon History 41.3 (2015): 258-282.
  • Co-authors E. Boxer, L. Maffly-Kipp, M. Inouye and J. Graham-Russell.
  • "Introduction: Theorizing Mormon Race Scholarship." The Journal of Mormon History 41.3 (2015): 11-21.
  • "Mostly a womanist." Colvin, G. Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings. Ed. J. Brooks, R.H. Steenblick and H. Wheelwright. New York: Oxford University Press (2015): 270-272.
  • Decolonizing Mormonism. Ed. G. Colvin and J. Brooks. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016.
  • "The Architecture of Marriage." Baring Witness: 36 Women Talk Candidly About Love Sex and Marriage. Ed. H. Welker. Champaign: University of Illinois Press (2016): 20.
  • "He Rangatira o Te Whanau o Rautaupare." By their fruits ye shall know them. Ed. S. Katene. Wellington, N.Z.: Steele Roberts (2016): 200.
  • Co-author H. Espie-Tukukino.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "The Soliloquy of Whiteness: The Place of the Native in the Constitution of White Supremacy in New Zealand: A Case Study of the Settler Press News Stories of Māori." Ngā Kete a Rēhua: Inaugural Māori Research Symposium Te Waipounamu - Proceedings Book (2008): 292-299.
  • Reviews

  • "Marjorie Newton, Mormon and Māori. Sandy: Greg Kofford Books, 2014; 258pp." Journal of Mormon History 42.1 (2016): 242-245.
  • "Review "Mormon and Maori" by Marjorie Newton." Journal of Mormon History (Winter 2016): 242-246.
  • Theses

  • "The soliloquy of whiteness: colonial discourse and New Zealand's settler press 1839-1873." PhD, University of Canterbury, 2010.