Kate Tilson

Junior Research Fellow

I am a historian of nineteenth-century Britain and Oceania, specialising in the history of evangelical Christianity, medicine, print culture, and imperial and missionary histories in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider South Pacific. My current research focuses on the evangelical revival and children’s literature in nineteenth-century Britain.

Before joining Clare College as a Junior Research Fellow in October 2023, I studied for a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholar. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Histories of mission and empire; print culture; medical history; world history; cultural history; religious history

Paper 21, 'Empires and World History from the Fifteenth Century to the First World War'

Historical Argument and Practice (HAP)


Tags & Themes


Clare College

Trinity Lane 

Cambridge CB2 1TL


Key publications

'Religion, Disease and Cultural Difference on the Voyage from Britain to the South Pacific in the Early Nineteenth Century.' Cultural and Social History (2024): 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2024.2360103

'Childbirth and Emerging Missionary Information Networks in Britain and the South Pacific.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 74, no. 2 (2023): 305-324. Winner of the World Christianities Prize.

'Sexual Health, Morality and the Missionary Press in Britain and the South Pacific, 1795–1850.' Social Sciences and Missions 35 (2022): 399-430.

'Medicine as a Lens to Examine Cross-Cultural Encounters: A Study of Medical Missionary Samuel Hayward Ford’s Writings in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand.' Social History of Medicine 34, no. 3 (2020): 851-73.​​​