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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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Projects 2008 2020

Research Outputs 2012 2020

Aspirations for 'Japanese gay masculinity': comparing Chinese and Japanese men's consumption of porn star Koh Masaki

Baudinette, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Porn Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Regimes of desire: young gay men, media and masculinity in Japan

Baudinette, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) University of Michigan Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Bachelor Japanists: Japanese aesthetics and Western masculinities

Baudinette, T., 2019, In : Japanese Studies. 39, 1, p. 133-134 2 p.

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

Japanese Aesthetics

Gay dating applications and the production/reinforcement of queer space in Tokyo

Baudinette, T., 2019, In : Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 33, 1, p. 93-104 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Ian Nish Prize

Thomas Baudinette (Recipient), 29 Nov 2017



Press / Media

Parasite Oscar takes K-Pop global

Thomas Baudinette


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K-pop's Dark Side

Thomas Baudinette


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K-Pop Has A Mental Health Problem

Thomas Baudinette


1 media contribution

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The Power of K-Pop

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1 media contribution

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