Kate Gleeson


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Dr Kate Gleeson is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School and a 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 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 law and politics at Macquarie University.

Kate is an executive board member of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, and has served as an executive member of Australian Political Studies Association. Kate is an editorial board member of the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice. Prior to her academic career Kate worked at a number of public sector and development agencies in Australia and Vietnam.

Research interests

Kate is interested in in the governance and regulation of bodies, sexuality and reproductive practices and has published widely on the history of the regulation of sexual violence,  gay sex, pornography, abortion and sex work. She has particular expertise in justice for crimes of institutional and historical child sexual abuse in Australia and internationally. She is currently writing a book about historical prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and undertaking ongoing research about Irish and Australian histories of institutionalisation.

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.

Fran Cole (Phd) Celebrity and Spectacle: Legal and Media Discourse in Gendered Violence in Three Countries


Education/Academic qualification

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

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


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