DR Hannah McCann

DR Hannah McCann


  • beauty culture (salons, materiality, affective labour, aesthetic labour, emotional labour, hair and beauty)
  • fan studies (fandom, queer fandoms, celebrity studies, digital culture, fan fiction, slash fiction, queerbaiting)
  • femininity studies (queer femme subculture, embodiment, affect theory, gender presentation, phenomenology)
  • feminist theory (feminism, feminist debates, feminist politics, feminist history)
  • queer theory (sexuality, LGBTIQ identity, identity politics, transgender studies)



  • Dr Hannah McCann is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her work is concerned with theorising femininity, with projects on queer femme subculture, beauty culture/hair and beauty salons, and queer girl digital fan cultures. Her research draws primarily on feminist theory, queer theory, affect theory. She has published in journals including the European Journal of Women's Studies, Australian Feminist Studies, and Women's Studies Quarterly, and has forthcoming work in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Sexualities, and Girlhood Studies. Her writing for a broader audience can be found on The Conversation, The Wheeler Centre blog, Feminartsy, and via her blog www.binarythis.com. In January 2018 her monograph "Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism, and the Politics of Presentation" was published in the Routledge Feminism, Femininity and Female Sexuality series.   


Member of

  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA). General member 2016 - 2019
  • The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS). General member 2016 - 2019
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA). General member 2014 - 2019
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). General member 2014 - 2019


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Hannah recently received a grant from the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) to support the research project "Supporting Salon Professionals as Champions of Change: The HaiR-3R's Program and Responding in the Salon Context". Previously Hannah received a grant from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne to undertake the research project: "The Cost of 'Getting Ready': Femininity and Aesthetic Labour in the Beauty Industry"   


Education and training

  • PhD, Australian National University 2015
  • BA, Australian National University 2009
  • Bsc, Australian National University 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision of honours and GDA students in Cultural Studies or Gender Studies. Possible areas of interest: - Sexual and gender identities - Femininity, gender presentation and embodiment - Queer theory - Feminist history and feminist debates - Beauty culture - Queer femme identity - Fan studies - Celebrity studies