Ms Kate Hannah

Master of Arts (Hons), Waikato, 2004

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Kate Hannah has a Masters of Arts in American 19th Century Cultural History, and has worked as a writer, editor, historical consultant, and in research analysis and development. She is interested in science communication, public understanding of science, and science's understanding of the public. Her research interests span truama and memory, science and society, and depictions of gender in the history of science. At Te Pūnaha Matatini, she's in charge of encouraging good grammar, the use of the Oxford comma, and consideration of the humanity behind the data.

Research | Current

Currently, I am working on developing a novel hybrid historiography, combining network science, narrative analysis methods and approaches, and aspects of deconstructionism, seeking to test a model that might better mitigate against the camouflaging of women’s and other under-represented minorities contributions to science, in both historic and contemporary scientific discourses. I am also interested in the intersection of science, decision-making, and subjectivity, particularly with regards to science and technology during wartime, or as an aspect of nationalist discourses. I also work on the contemporary culture of science, specifically with regards to the representation of women and other under-represented minorities.

Teaching | Current

Science Scholars 101 2017


  • University of Auckland Business School Professional Staff Excellence Award 2012, for sustained excellence in performance
  • LTCL


With extensive experience in qualitative research, academic writing, grant writing, presentations, and facilitating workshops, as well as significant expertise in research development, strategy, policy, and planning, Kate is responsible for developing and managing the operational strategies of Te Pūnaha Matatini, developing programmes for investigators and students, developing and managing Te Pūnaha Matatini's diversity and sponsorship policies, researching the culture of science, and developing and promoting public engagement and outreach methodologies. She is the local expert in ethics and risk, particularly pertaining to data; and in translating research for multiple audiences, including the use of social media in research communication. She maintains and manages significant transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral networks, and ensures that Te Pūnaha Matatini takes on a leadership role in equity, diversity, engagement, and inclusion.

Areas of expertise

Writing; Editing; Science Communication; Research Translation; Research Development; Research Resource Development;  Education and Research Policy and Strategy; Research Project Management; Research Grant Writing; Tender and Bid Management; PBRF Planning and Management; 

Science and Society; Ethics of Contemporary Research; Literature of the Holocaust; American cultural history.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Science Communicators' Association of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Association of Scientists
  • Business School Staff Council 
  • University of Auckland Critic and Conscience 


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Walker, L., Sin, I., Macinnis-Ng, C., Hannah, K., & McAllister, T. (2020). Where to from Here? Women Remain Absent from Senior Academic Positions at Aotearoa New Zealand's Universities. EDUCATION SCIENCES, 10 (6)10.3390/educsci10060152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cate Macinnis-Ng
  • Hannah, K. (2017). (Hyper)/(in)visible women: Deconstructing narratives of New Zealand women in science 1993-2017. Paper presented at Histories Meet: New Zealand History Association, Auckland, New Zealand. 28 November - 1 December 2017.
  • Hannah, K. N. (2017). Finding Matilda: deconstructing women's invisibility in Finding New Zealand's Scientific Heritage. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 47 (2), 148-155. 10.1080/03036758.2017.1305975
  • O'Neale D, & Hannah, K. (2016). Colenso's correspondence network. Paper presented at The New Zealand Polymath - Colenso and his contemporaries, Wellington, New Zealand. 16 November - 18 November 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dion O'Neale
  • Hannah, K. N. (2016). Dabbling dilettantes and Renaissance Men: Colonial polymaths and New Zealand's science culture. Paper presented at The New Zealand Polymath: Colenso and his contemporaries, Wellington, New Zealand. 16 November - 18 November 2016.
  • Hannah, K. (2016). Science Capital and 'starting thought from women's lives': New ways of talking about 'the problem with girls' in science. Paper presented at Science Communicators of New Zealand Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. 14 November - 16 November 2016.
  • O'Neale D, & Hannah, K. (2016). Hybridizing Historiography: Modelling a blended complexity for history/history for complexity approach to understanding the past. Paper presented at Conference on Complex Systems, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 19 September - 22 September 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dion O'Neale
  • Hannah, K. (2016). 'Science is ordinary': Unravelling historic and contemporary metanarratives of science. Paper presented at The Future for Scientists in New Zealand: NZ Association of Scientists Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 26 April - 26 April 2016.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 627
New Zealand

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