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Dr Kate Gleeson is Associate Professor 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 is chair of the Full Stop Foundation, which aims to put a full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence. Kate is an editorial board member of the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice and has served as an executive board member of the Australian Political Studies Assocation. 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

Sylvia Bell (Phd) How can Australian workplace legislation be amended to achieve gender equality on boards of publicly listed Australian companies? 

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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