Andrew Sharp, ONZM, taught the history of political thinking and political philosophy mainly at the universities of Canterbury and Auckland. He retired in 2006 and is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Auckland. He lives in London where he is working on the life and times of Samuel Marsden (1765–1838) – the ‘Apostle to the Māori’ in New Zealand and ‘flogger Marsden’ in New South Wales.
He was born in 1940 and is of New Zealand and Irish nationalities. He was educated in Christchurch New Zealand and Cambridge, UK. From 1964–1968 he was a commonwealth scholar at Trinity College Cambridge. In 1987 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Politics at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a Visiting Fellow at the Folger Library, Washington DC. In 1994 he was Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra. Since moving to London he has been a Research Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Research Fellow at Birkbeck. He is on the editorial board of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (UK), and is Chair of the New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland).
To Build a Nation: Collected Writings 1975–1999, co-authored with Bruce Jesson (Penguin, 2005)
Histories, Power and Loss: Uses of the Past – A New Zealand Commentary, co-edited with Paul McHugh (Bridget Williams Books, 2001)
The English Levellers, editor (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, 1998)
Justice and the Māori: The Philosophy and Practice of Māori Claims in New Zealand since the 1970s, 2nd enlarged edition (Oxford University Press, 1997)
Leap into the Dark: The Changing Role of the State in New Zealand since 1984, editor (Auckland University Press, 1994)
Justice and the Māori: Māori Claims in New Zealand Political Argument in the 1980s (Oxford University Press, 1990)
Political Ideas of the English Civil Wars, 1640–49 (Longmans, 1988)