Launch Dead Letters cropped 7-3-2019Jared Davidson is a writer, historian and research archivist based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Through social biography and history from below, his books explore the relationship between capitalism and the New Zealand state by focusing on the lives of people who have challenged both – from radicals of the early twentieth century to vagrants of the nineteenth. Jared’s writing has been published widely in New Zealand and beyond, including Overland (AUS), History Workshop Journal (UK), and Signal (US). He is the recipient of the Michael Standish Prize for best archival essay in New Zealand, a CLNZ Research Grant, finalist for the Bert Roth Award for Labour History and the NZSA Heritage Book Awards, and his co-authored He Whakaputanga – The Declaration of Independence won best secondary resource in Education for 2018. His latest book, Dead Letters, was published in March 2019 by Otago University Press.

Jared is currently writing about the labourers’ revolt in 1840s Nelson, and a new book on work, vagrancy and the state. You can find all of his writing on the bibliography page, and keep up-to-date with the latest news and content on Twitter, Instagram or his blog.