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Dr Kate Gleeson is Associate Professor and member of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE). She is a leader of the Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality and Power research stream. Kate studied for her PhD in Politics and International  Relations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including time spent studying as a Chevening Scholar at the Department of Academic Legal Studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She has held prestigious research fellowships in both politics and law at Macquarie University.

Kate serves as a board member of Women's Legal Service NSW and is an editorial board member of the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice.  She has previously served as an executive board member of the Australian Political Studies Assocation and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Full Stop Australia, which aims to put a full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence. Prior to her academic career Kate worked at a number of public sector and development agencies in Australia and Vietnam.


Research interests

Kate researches questions of gender, sexuality and religion at the intersection of politics, history and law. She is undertaking ongoing research about Irish and Australian histories of child institutionalisation and is the author (along with Sinead Ring and Kim Stevenson) of Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors. Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia (Routledge 2022).

Research student supervision


Peter Robinson (Phd) Application of the Psychology and Science of Reasoning to Legal Decision Making

Amira Aftab (Phd) Accommodating Sharia;  A Feminist Insittutionalist Analysis of Sharia Law in Australia, Canada and the UK

Kathryn Gooch (Phd) Because She's a Woman. Gender Stereotypes and Women's Participation in Australian Politics.



Education/Academic qualification

Politics and International Relations, phD, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Oct 2005

Political Science, Ba Hons 1st Class, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 30 Nov 1998


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