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
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Social Theory 160806
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206

Research interests

crime, law and society; critical health studies; embodiment; 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 postgraduate emphases in Critical Theory and Feminist Studies.

Dr Henne's research interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with issues of inequality, technoscience and social control. She has published widely on topics related to biometric surveillance, practices of policing and the regulation of human enhancement and physical well-being. Her work has been funded by 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.

More information about her research, teaching and outreach are available at https://katehenne.com.

Researcher's projects

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

Her current DECRA research focuses on how inequality affects regulatory responses to traumatic brain injury. Looking at experiences of sport participants, military personnel and survivors of intimate partner 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 project, which is supported by the Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society, 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 practices and experiences, especially among vulnerable populations? How do different actors engage with these and other technologies, such as predictive algorithms and risk assessment models, in everyday life? What are the outcomes and implications?

In addition to her ongoing research, Dr Henne has studied global sports 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). Her first 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’. She has also conducted research on public-private partnerships between global sport, legal and development actors, examining how their relationships inform the focus and evaluation of sport for development and peace programs.

She is the co-editor (with Dr Rita Shah) of the Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies and Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Shifting Power Structures in the 21st Century (with Dr Blayne Haggart and Dr Natasha Tusikov), both of which will be published in 2019.

Current student projects

Principal Supervisor: Daniel Reeders, Heidi Tyedmers

Advisor or Associate Supervisor: Vijetta Bachraz, Meredith Edelman, Felicity Gray, Tony Kiessler, Marie-Eve Loiselle, Therese Pearce Laanela


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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