Our program explores the significance of gender and sexuality on a range of discourses embedded within culture, identity and global history.
Gender Studies at Melbourne
Our research reflects on ideas about sexual difference, sexual politics and sexuality through close engagement with a broad variety of theorists, case studies and media.
A major focus of our program is considering how gender intersects with crucial issues such as ageing, class, disability, ethnicity and globalisation.
Gender Studies is a transdisciplinary program which draws on the diverse interests of our academic staff, who are leading researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The academics working in the Gender Studies program at the University of Melbourne apply thought-provoking theories and provocative perspectives on key issues such as sexual difference, gender equity, queer politics, and sexuality. Ultimately, we hope that the knowledge we share contributes to the knowledge of gender studies and influence the next generation of careers in Australia and globally.
Ana Dragojlovic, Head of Gender Studies
Our research centres on many areas within gender studies, including feminist, queer, postcolonial, and affect theories, feminist ethnography, the biocapitalisation of sex, gender and sexuality and others.
Beyond Skin-Deep: Social and Emotional Work in the Beauty Industry
This project aims to produce a nation-wide qualitative study of the role that salon workers play in the emotional lives of their clients.
Politics of Queer Affect: Intentionality, Mediation, Intervention
This project investigates how the legacy of past violence continues to shape individual and social lives, forms of care, and the concept of what it means to be human in the aftermath of violence.
Study Gender Studies
Students in Gender Studies consider ideas about femininity, masculinity and sexuality through close engagement with an extensive variety of theorists, case studies and media.
- Graduate Certificate in Arts – Gender Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Arts – Gender Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) – Gender Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) – Gender Studies
- Masters of Development Studies (specialisation in Gender and Development)
- Master of Arts (Thesis Only)
- Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis)
- Doctor of Philosophy – Arts
Our graduates pursue careers in the fields of equal opportunities and human rights, international development, law and policing, media and advertising, politics and public service, teaching and academia, banking and the corporate world, and the creative arts.
Meet our Gender Studies staff
Our staff are experts across a diverse range of fields including gender studies, cultural studies, feminist philosophy, anthropology, Internet studies, film studies, critical femininities, and others.
Gender Studies affiliated staff
Associate Professor in Development Studies
Associate Professor in Philosophy; Honours and Graduate Diploma Advanced Coordinator
Associate Professor In Japanese; Japanese Studies Convenor
Associate Professor in Cultural Studies
Research Fellow (Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)
Hansen Senior Lectureship in History; History Honours Coordinator
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Professor In Spanish
Mckenzie Postdoctoral Fellow
Associate Professor In German
Senior Lecturer In Applied Linguistics
ARC Future Fellow
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Professor of Anthropology