Dr Cheryl Anne Ware


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Dr Cheryl Ware is an oral historian focused on sex, gender, and health in the late twentieth century Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Her current project explores the lives of sex workers from 1978 to 2008 and is supported by a Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant.

Her book, HIV Survivors in Sydney: Memories of the Epidemic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) explores the intimate lives and memories of gay men who were diagnosed with HIV before the introduction of antiretroviral medication in 1996. It examines the diverse ways HIV-positive gay men dealt with the virus both within and outside of established support networks, and how they remember and articulate these experiences nearly three decades later.

She has published peer-reviewed academic articles on gay men living with HIV in New Zealand and in Australia, oral history methodology, professional history, the Australian gay press, women sex workers' responses to HIV and AIDS, and on tertiary teaching.  

Cheryl graduated with a PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2017. She was a Kate Edger Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2018. 

She has also conducted commissioned histories including:

Research | Current

Untold Intimacies: Recovering the Lives of Women Sex Workers in New Zealand, 1978-2008 

This project is supported by a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant.

It uses original oral history interviews and empirical research to explore the intimate experiences of women sex workers before and after legal protection. It  considers how narrators remember and articulate their own experiences in a nation that has been considered a world leader in progressive sex work policy. This project will offer essential historical context to New Zealand law reform, and insights into sex, gender, and health. 


This Is Us: Violence in Aotearoa’s Past and Present 

This collection, co-edited with Dr Maria Haenga-Collins and Dr Keri Mills, examines violence in Aotearoa New Zealand’s past and present.

It engages with oral histories, written testimonies, and other sources to explore how violence has impacted the lives of individuals and their communities. The collection considers how violence has manifested throughout history, how histories of violence been represented or silenced, and the lasting legacies of violence in Aotearoa. This collection not only contributes to the growing international body of scholarship that focuses on violence on a global scale, but also to contemporary discussions about what violence entails.

Teaching | Current

Cheryl Ware holds a Bachelor of Teaching and has tertiary teaching experience in Australian History, Gender Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology 


  • Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant, 2019-2022
  • Dame Joan Metge Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2018
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund, 2015
  • Australian Historical Association Copyright Agency Travel and Writing Bursary, 2015    
  • Winner of Macquarie University Three Minute Thesis Competition, 2014       
  • Oral History New South Wales Grant, 2014
  • Invited speaker, TEDX Macquarie University, 2014
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2013-2016                   
  • Hachette New Zealand Award for Excellence in History, 2011         
  • University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship, 2011         
  • University of Waikato Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Masters Thesis Award, 2011
  • South East Kirikiriroa Community Association Scholarship, 2011
  • University of Waikato Postgraduate Honours Award, 2010
  • University of Waikato Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, 2006

Areas of expertise

Oral history, New Zealand history, women's history, histories of sex, histories of health, Australian history, histories of HIV and AIDS, social histories of gay men

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2021, Treasurer, National Oral History Association of New Zealand

2019, Executive Committee Member,  National Oral History Association of New Zealand 

2019, Organising Committee Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Conference

2018, Organising Committee Member, National Oral History Association of New Zealand Biennial Conference

2016-17, Secretary, Oral History New South Wales

2015-16, Elected Higher Degree Research Representative, Macquarie University Academic Senate           

2015-16, Elected Higher Degree Research Representative, Macquarie University Student Advisory Board

2015, Organising Committee Member, NewMac Humanities Postgraduate Symposium

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ware, C. (2020). Caren Wilton, with photographs by Madeleine Slavick, My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers in an Era of Change [Book Review]. The New Zealand journal of history, 54 (1), 127-128. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52529
  • Ware, C. (2019). Sex workers' responses to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Aotearoa New Zealand. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW10.1080/09612025.2019.1654232
  • Ware, C. (2019). HIV Survivors in Sydney Memories of the Epidemic. Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 247.
  • Ware, C., & Bryder, L. (2019). ‘We'd Just Get Together ... and Talk about Cancer’: Commissioned Oral Histories and the Professional Historian. Health and History, 21 (2), 47-68. 10.5401/healthhist.21.2.0047
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Linda Bryder
  • Ware, C. A. (2018). "Things You Can't Talk About": Engaging With HIV-Positive Gay Men's Survivor Narratives. Oral History, 46 (2), 33-40. Related URL.
  • Ware, C. (2017). “Time to Speak Out”: The 1980s Australian Gay Press and Personal Accounts of Living with HIV. Journal of Australian Studies, 41 (4), 472-486. 10.1080/14443058.2017.1382551
  • Bailey, M., Ifenthaler, D., Gosper, M., Kretzschmar, M., & Ware, C. (2015). The Changing Importance of Factors Influencing Students’ Choice of Study Mode. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 20 (2), 169-184. 10.1007/s10758-015-9253-9
  • Bailey, M., Gosper, M., Ifenthaler, D., Ware, C., & Kretzschma, M. (2015). On-campus, distance or online? Influences on student decision-making about study modes at university. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology10.14742/ajet.3781


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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 715
New Zealand

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