Associate Professor Karin Speedy

Kia ora koutou and welcome to Speedy Research & Consulting. My name is Karin Speedy and I have been an academic in France, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand for nearly 20 years. I am excited to bring together my interdisciplinary expertise in history, French, literary studies, linguistics and translation as well as my extensive leadership, advisory, and mentoring skills that I gained in the academic world to my research and consulting business.

I offer a range of services – the writing and communication of histories, more general humanities and social sciences research, writing for different purposes and publics, editing, copy editing, consulting, French to English translation and teaching. I can help individuals, academics, students, companies, non-profits, universities and other institutes of learning, authors, film and documentary makers, and government agencies, for example.

I am bilingual in English and French, am an accomplished literary translator, and have excellent cross-cultural awareness. My own scholarship sits at the intersections of Pacific and Francophone colonial/postcolonial/decolonial history, writing, linguistics, and translation. In 2013 I was awarded the John Dunmore Medal by the New Zealand Federation of Alliances Françaises in recognition of my major contribution to knowledge of French language and culture in the Pacific. I have a particularly deep knowledge of Kanaky New Caledonia’s history, languages, and literature.

I invite you to explore the different skills, knowledge and services I can bring you below. You will also find a link to my blog and you can access my CV here. My contact details are at the bottom of this page. I look forward to hearing from you soon. À bientôt !

Bourail, Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie. History research. Photo credit: Karin Speedy

History Writing

Do you need a professional historian? Please click here for more information.

Sister Marie-de-la-Croix and her “girls” on the Saint-Louis mission in Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie, image reproduced with permission
The Rainbow Warrior after the bombing, Auckland Harbour circa 1986. Photo credit: Jeanette Speedy

Research & Writing

To find out more about my research and writing services, please click here.


How can my expert knowledge and advice help you achieve results? Click here to see some examples.

Bourail street, Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie. Photo credit: Karin Speedy
My book on blackbirding with a critical introduction and translated novel. Photo credit: Karin Speedy


For more details on my translation services, please click here.


Guest lectures, online teaching and private lessons. Click here for more information.

Saint-Louis mission, Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie. History and linguistics research. Photo credit: Karin Speedy
Some of my research books and publications. Photo credit: Karin Speedy

Editing & Proofreading

For academic editing/proofreading and thesis proofreading services, please click here.

For examples of my own history writing, research, creative writing and translation, please see my blog.

Speedy Research & Consulting

NZBN: 9429048875394 Founded in 2021 by Associate Professor Karin Speedy

PhD, MA (First Class Honours), BA (University of Auckland), Cert PR (AUT)

Please get in touch with me to discuss your project and get a quote:


+64 20 4133 8717

Based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand but available to work remotely worldwide

Affiliated to The University of Adelaide, Visiting Research Fellow (Honorary position)

Member of the Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa (PHANZA)

Member Translator French-English, New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI)

Member of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT)

Member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA)

Deputy Editor of Shima

Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

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