DR Joe Latham

DR Joe Latham


  • Autobiography and Narrative
  • Bioethics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • History and Philosophy of Medicine
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Public Health
  • Transgender Studies



  • Dr J.R. Latham is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University and Honorary Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, medical anthropologist and feminist philosopher whose expertise combines critical concepts of ageing, 'drugs' and narrative with bioethics, queer theory, and science and technology studies (STS) via a focus on transgender medicine.

    Dr Latham is an award-winning writer. He was recently recipient of the Feminist Theory Essay Prize for best article of the year in 2017, the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) Most Distinguished Paper Prize (2016-2017), and co-winner of the Symonds Prize for excellence in critical inquiry from Studies in Gender and Sexuality (2016).

    Dr Latham has taught courses in criminology, cultural studies, feminist philosophy, gender studies, history and philosophy of science, Indigenous studies, and sexuality studies. His PhD dissertation, Trans Men's Realities: An Ontological Politics of Sex, Gender and Sexuality, was awarded the Nancy Millis University Medal in 2016 and the AWGSA Best PhD Thesis Prize (2016-2017).

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Member of

  • Australasian Association for Literature (ALA). Member 2018 -
  • Australasian STS Network (AuSTS). Member 2018 -
  • Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN). Member 2018 -
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Member 2017 -
  • Association for Cultural Studies (ACS). Member 2016 -
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA). Member 2016 -
  • Sexuality Studies Association (SSA). Member 2013 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2016
  • BA (Hons1), Monash University 2010

Awards and honors

  • "(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic", 2017 Feminist Theory Essay Prize, 2018
  • "Making monstrous maleness: Trans men and the politics of medicine", Quite Frankly conference, Australian Feminist Studies' Outstanding Paper Award, 2018
  • Nancy Millis University Medal, La Trobe University, 2016
  • "Making and treating trans problems: The ontological politics of clinical practices", co-winner, 2016 Symonds Prize, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2016
  • Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship, Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2014
  • Best paper by a graduate student, Sexuality Studies Association, 2014
  • International Travel Award in Sexuality Studies, Professor Anthony Smith Fund, 2014
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y