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The Australian National University

Dr Kathryn Henne

BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD
ARC DECRA Fellow and Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 1255

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Criminology 1602
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206
  • Social Theory 160806

Research interests

critical health studies; deviance; embodiment; law and society; race, gender and sexuality; regulation and governance; science and technology studies; sociology of deviance; surveillance


Dr Kathryn (Kate) Henne is an ARC DECRA fellow and Associate Professor at RegNet, the School of Regulation and Global Governance. She earned her MA and PhD from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine and a second MA from the College of Health and Human Services at the California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a specialisation in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology and graduate emphases in Feminist Studies and Critical Theory.

Dr Henne's research interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with issues of inequality, technoscience and regulation. She has received research funding from the Australian Research Council, National Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency to support her work. Her book, Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, draws upon fieldwork conducted in Australasia, Europe and North America to trace the emergence of technocratic rules aimed at enforcing ideologies of ‘fair play’ through the policing of athletes’ bodies. You can listen to her discuss this research and her methods on podcasts sponsored by The Society Pages.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education.

Researcher's projects

Dr Henne's ongoing work examines intersections between regulation, technoscience and embodiment.

Her DECRA research focuses on how inequality affects the regulatory responses to traumatic brain injury. Looking at experiences of sport participants, military personnel and survivors of interpersonal violence in Australia, Canada and the United States, including U.S. Pacific Island territories, the project aims to illuminate how science and health policy interact and inform regulation, as well as how those dynamics reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the relationship between the mind and body and (injured) human agency.

Her second ongoing project examines how biometric technologies are increasingly used as regulatory tools in the context of social assistance, often in the name of cost savings and fraud prevention. With little known about how biometric-based regulation affects recipients, it asks: how is biometric authentication and verification shaping everyday practices and experiences, especially among vulnerable populations? The research will shed light on changing governance relationships that inform social assistance delivery on the ground.

In addition to her work in progress, Dr Henne has studied global sport governance for over a decade, most notably in relation to regulatory mechanisms used to police athletes' bodies (e.g., gender verification practices, performance and image-enhancing drug detection). She has recently completed research on public-private partnerships between actors across global sport, law and development. It examines how these relationships inform the focus and evaluation of sport for development and peace programs.

She is also co-editing (with Dr Rita Shah, Eastern Michigan University) the Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies, which will be published in 2019.

Current student projects


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  19 November 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers