About

Kia ora! My name is Jared Davidson and I am a historian and research archivist based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Through social biography and history from below, I try to tell the stories of people often overlooked by traditional histories. Most of my work focuses on working-class radicalism and the state during the early twentieth century, but I’ve also published on He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, settler capitalism and unfree labour, vagrancy, antiwork traditions, and archives and memory.

In 2016 I was awarded the Michael Standish Prize for best archival essay, and was a recipient of the 2016 CLNZ/NZSA Open Research Grant for my forthcoming book on domestic postal censorship and dissent during the First World War. I am a Committee member of the Labour History Project and designer of the LHP Bulletin.