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Thomas is Lecturer in Japanese Studies and the Department MRes Director.

Thomas is the Faculty Representative for the ECR Network.

Thomas joined the Department of International Studies in 2017. He holds a PhD and a BA(Hons, first class) in Japanese Studies from Monash University. 


To date, Thomas' research has utilized the methodologies of cultural anthropology and has focused upon the transnational circulation of East Asian popular culture. Thomas has a keen interest in the representational politics of gender and sexuality in Asian media. His current projects include:

-the ethnographic study of the Japanese gay media landscape, focussing on:

  • changing notions of gender and sexuality in neoliberal Japan
  • the intersection of race and ethnicity with queer identity in Japan

-a study of the globalisation of queer Japanese popular culture, including:

  • fandom for queer manga throughout the Asia-Pacific (with a focus on China and the Philippines )
  • the development of "series wai" or "Thai Boys Love" media since 2014

-the study of Korean popular culture fandom in Japan and Australia, particularly focussing on:

  • ethnographic study of K-pop fandom amongst queer individuals
  • impacts of inter-Asian media flows on notions of Australianness among K-pop fans

More information about Thomas' research interests are available on his academic blog: http://thomasbaudinette.wordpress.com.


Thomas teaches in the introductory stream of Japanese language, and teaches cultural studies and history units related to Japanese. Thomas is also involved in team-teaching related to research methodology and theory for post-graduate students both within the department and across the Faculty of Arts.

HDR Supervision

Thomas is available to supervise Japan-related research projects, particularly those which focus on social scientific methods. Thomas is also available to supervise Southeast Asian studies projects (particularly related to popular culture and gender/sexuality) and research on the Korean Wave.

Recent projects supervised to completion include:

"K-pop: Its Social and Spatial Influence on the Tokyo Cityscape” (Masters of Research, 2018, primary)


Thomas is Secretary of the Society for Queer Asian Studies, an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies.

Thomas is an Associate Member for the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University.

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Research Outputs

  • Japanese Queer Men's Experiences of Gender

    Baudinette, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge companion to gender and Japanese culture. Coates, J., Fraser, L. & Pendleton, M. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Reflections on researching pornography across Asia: voices from the region

    Jacobs, K., Baudinette, T. & Hambleton, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Porn Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    Ian Nish Prize

    Tom Baudinette (Recipient), 29 Nov 2017


  • Activities

    • 1 Membership of board

    Society for Queer Asian Studies (External organisation)

    Tom Baudinette (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Press / Media

    BL Series: What Are They and Why Should You Watch Them?

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Fujojocast No. 13: A Thai BL Primer with Thomas Baudinette

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    How Censorship Created Porn's New Face of Pleasure

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Parasite Oscar takes K-Pop global

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment