Dr. Kate Gleeson

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Dr Kate Gleeson is a senior lecturer and Research Director of Macquarie Law School. She studied for her PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including time spent studying as a Chevening Scholar in the UK. She has held prestigious research fellowships in both law and politics at Macquarie University, and has served as an executive member of Australian Political Studies Association. Prior to her academic career Kate worked at a number of public sector and development agencies in Australia and Vietnam.


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.

The Age of Consent
The Age of Consent