Katherine Smits is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  A political theorist, she writes on liberal political philosophy, historical and modern, and its relationship to nationalism, identity politics and multiculturalism.  She is also interested in the role of culture and cultural diversity in nation-building projects, and has published on the deployment of indigeneity and ethnic diversity in state-sponsored nationalism in New Zealand and Australia, the role of World’s Fairs and Expos in constructing national identity, and the role of biculturalism and Maori/Pakeha politics in New Zealand’s commemoration of the First World War.  She is currently writing a book comparing the uses of cultural diversity by modern states, to support domestic and foreign policy projects.