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Jenny Coleman is an Associate Professor in feminist history and Director Academic Programmes for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in Palmerston North. She joined the Massey staff in 1996, was head of the Women’s Studies programme from 2000-2011, and transferred to the Pro-Vice Chancellor's Office in 2011. She is currently serving at College level on the Academic Programmes Committee, College Academic Board and the College Executive Group. At the University level she serves on the Academic Committee and Academic Board and has been involved in several major projects including the Curriculum Management Project Board and the Academic Design Authority Project Team. Jenny has extensive experience in University qualification reviews and curriculum-level reviews.
Jenny Coleman is an Associate Professor in feminist history and Director Academic Programmes for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in Palmerston North. She joined the Massey staff in 1996 and was head of the Women’s Studies programme from 2000-2011. She is currently serving at College level on the Academic Programmes Committee, College Academic Board and the College Executive Group, and at University level on Academic Committee, Academic Board.
Jenny's research interests include:
Jenny was coordinating editor of the Women’s Studies Journal from 2004-2009. She has published two full length biographies, Mad or Bad? The Life and Exploits of Amy Bock (1859-1943) (Otago UP 2010) and Polly Plum, A firm and earnest woman's advocate: Mary Ann Colclough 1836-1885 (Otago UP, 2017). She had also edited and introduced a reprinted edition of one of New Zealand's earliest published novels by a female author, Mary Ann Colclough's (1866) Alone in the World: A Tale of New Zealand as part of the Colonial New Zealand Texts series (Department of English, Otago University, 2017).
Jenny has published articles on a range of areas in women's history including nineteenth-century philanthropy and social reform, the development of class sensibilities, the history of women writers, and female emigration. Her research has been published in a range of journals including: a:b Auto/Biography Studies, Australasian Victorian Studies Journal, Communication Journal of New Zealand, Feminist Review, Gender, Place, and Culture, History Now, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Life Writing, Media History, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Turnbull Library Record, Women's Studies International Forum and Women's Studies Journal.
Jenny's current research is on the history of women and parliamentary representation in New Zealand. Her most recent book, From women's suffrage to a seat in the House: the path to Parliament for New Zealand women (Otago University Press, due for release in May 2020) is a history of the passing of the Women's Parliamentary Rights Act 1919 and the struggle for women to acheive a seat in the New Zealand House of Representatives. Her book Maiden Speeches (forthcoming) focuses on what women had to say when they first took their seats in Parliament. Jenny is also researching toward a book on the experiences of the women who were appointed to the Legislative Council.
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Field of research codes
Gender Specific Studies (169901):
Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000): New Zealand History (210311):
Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Studies In Human Society (160000)
women and parliamentary representation
Although no longer in a teaching role, Jenny has taught in the areas of feminist history, theory and research methods in both internal and distance mode. She has also presented many guest lectures on feminist, women's and gender perspectives in a range of disciplinary areas including History, Midwifery, Politics, Social Work and Sociology. In her current role as Director Academic Programmes she is involved in advising on curricula design.
Jenny has been involved in the supervision of six doctoral theses in Women's Studies, History, English, Social Anthropology, Social Work and Midwifery. She has supervised eleven masters theses, including nine as primary supervisor in Women's Studies and two as secondary supervisor in Social Policy. She has also supervised 46 30-credit research projects in a wide range of areas and has jointly edited the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Postgraduate Review, a publication designed to promote postgraduate research.
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