Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen

BA Hons (Uni Melb.) Grad Dip Ed. (UCAN) PhD (UniSA)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Gender, Sexuality And Education 130308
  • Sociology 1608
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Sociology Of Education 160809
  • Other Studies In Human Society 1699

Research interests

Feminist theories and gender studies; Queer theory and queer studies; Gender, sexuality and education; Social and cultural studies of health and wellbeing; Secularism, cultural and religious difference in education; Young people; Reproduction; Australian sexual publics



Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen has undertaken research in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Her research focuses on building transdisciplinary understanding of sexuality and gender across diverse lifeworlds, taking account of issues related to sexual citizenship, cultural and religious difference and technologies of sexuality, education and health. She is co-editor, with Louisa Allen, of the Handbook of Sexuality Education (Palgrave).


Researcher's projects

Queer Generations: Belong and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth. 

Past student projects

The following students have completed research projects under my supervision.




Bruce Fox — Awarded 2015

City as School: Learning Beyond the Classroom




Melissa Joy Wolfe — Awarded 2016

Girls' tales: experiences of schooling (Co-supervisor with Iris Duhn)


John Haycock — Awarded 2015

Revolution rock: A study of a public pedagogy of protest music (Associate-supervisor  Emily Gray – RMIT)


Corinna Peterken — Awarded 2015

Knowing in the making: Becoming-artist/academic with an inquiry into child art pedagogy (Co-supervisor with Jane Bone)


Emma Rowe — Awarded 2015

Geo-identity, school choice and collective campaigns for local public schools (Co-supervisor with Scott Bulfin)


Genine Hook – Awarded 2015

Gender, agency and the engagement of sole parent postgraduates in the Australian academy (Clare Hall – Associate Supervisor)


Cate Smith — Awarded 2014

The dominance of conservative Protestant values in an American small town: Institutional continuity between home, church and school (Co-supervisor with Joel Windle)


Kellie Sanders — Awarded 2013

Picturing Footballing Bodies: Gender, Homosociality and Sportscapes


Annette Bromdal — Awarded 2013

The Phantom Category of 'Intersex' in Elite Sports: Knowledge about 'Disturbing' Female Bodies and Athletic Performances


Vikki Pollard — Awarded 2009

Altruism in teaching: towards a critical ontology of altruism

Recipient of Faculty of Education Postgraduate Publication Award


Claire Charles — Awarded 2009

Knowing girls: ‘objectification’, ‘girl power’ and ‘girls’ resistance’ at school

Recipient of Faculty of Education Postgraduate Publication Award


Karen Lambert — Awarded 2006
Place, sexualities and community
(Co-supervisors Prof Jan Wright & Dr Valerie Harwood - University of Wollongong)




Genine Hook — Awarded 2010

(First Class)  Teaching Australian Indigenous Studies on the other side of the Rabbit Proof Fence


Adrian Farrugia — Awarded 2012

(First Class) From Distress to Psychosis: Mapping the Rhizome of Australian Harm Reduction Drug Education


Theses Examined - PhD

Aoife Neary, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Teachers and civil partnership in ireland: Ambivalent promises of legitimacy, PhD Thesis (August, 2014)


Kyra Clarke, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia, “Getting Messy: Exploring Intimate Pedagogical Moments in Film and Television”, PhD Thesis. (June, 2014)


Fiona McLachlan, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, “Poolspace: The plight of public swimming pools”, PhD Thesis. (Feb, 2012)


Christina Gowlett, School of Education, University of Queensland. “SUBJECTification: An examination of senior subject selection at a ‘disadvantaged’ secondary school”. PhD Thesis. (Dec, 2011)


Kellie Burns, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, “Blood, Sweat and Queers: (re) imagining global queer citizenship at the Sydney 2002 gay games”, PhD Thesis. (Oct, 2007)


Leopoldyna McGee, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania. “Becoming Girl: The Subversive Narratives of Le Girl Sujet en Process/On Trial”, PhD Thesis (May, 2009)



Projects and Grants

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