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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 young men's participation in Japan's gay sub-cultural spaces and their consumption of media. Thomas has a particular interest in the role that mediated images of masculinity and sexual desire play in influencing young Japanese gay men's understandings of their desires and identities. His current projects include the ethnographic study of the Japanese gay media landscape and a study of the globalisation of queer Japanese popular culture, including Boys Love (yaoi) manga throughout the Asia-Pacific. Recently, Thomas has begun investigating Korean popular culture fandom in Japan and Australia, with a particular interest in ethnographic study of K-pop fandom amongst queer individuals.

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

Straight Korean female fans and their gay fantasies

Baudinette, T., 2020, In : International Journal of Communication. 14, p. 2106-2018 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

Open Access
  • Prizes

    Ian Nish Prize

    Tom Baudinette (Recipient), 29 Nov 2017


  • Press / Media

    How Censorship Created Porn's New Face of Pleasure

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

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    Parasite Oscar takes K-Pop global

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

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    K-pop's Dark Side

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    K-Pop Has A Mental Health Problem

    Tom Baudinette


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment