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The Australian National University

Dr Kathryn (Kate) Henne

BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD
ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow
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
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Social Theory 160806
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Criminology 1602

Research interests

critical health studies; deviance; embodiment, law and society; race, gender and sexuality; regulation and governance; science and technology studies; sport and physical cultural studies; surveillance


Dr Kathryn (Kate) Henne is a senior fellow 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, technology and regulation. In addition to her current Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), she has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency. 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 focuses primarily on intersections between regulation, science, technology and embodiment.

Her DECRA research focuses on how inequality mediates the regulation and treatment of 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), she seeks to illuminate how science and regulation interact, as well as how those dynamics reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the mind and body, and (injured) human agency.

In addition to her DECRA, Dr Henne has studied global sport governance for over a decade, most notably in relation to biometric technologies and other regulatory mechanisms used to police athletes' bodies (e.g., gender verification practices, performance and image-enhancing drug detection techniques). She has recently completed research on public-private partnerships between global sport, law and development, examining the relationships between human rights and sport, how private and public actors interact to deliver (and sometimes contest) development programs and how indicators are being produced to measure their impact.

Current student projects

Principal Supervisor: Daniel Reeders

Associate Supervisor: Vijetta Bachraz, Meredith Edelman, Tony Kiessler, Marie-Eve Loiselle, Therese Pearce Laanela, Mareike Riedel


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Updated:  27 May 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers