Kate Davison

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to supervise projects relating to the history of sexuality and gender (especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), including trans history, with crossovers to global, transnational and comparative history, modern European history (esp. Central Eastern Europe and Germany), history of experience, history of emotions, social history, intellectual history and the history of ideas, history of medicine and the medical humanities. I am also happy to supervise projects relating to Australian history and Oceania, including museum studies.

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Global, transnational and comparative modern history of sexology, psy-sciences and social & political movements in Central Europe (esp. Germany), Britain & Australia; gender, sexuality and LGBTIQ* history; history of emotions; memory and museum studies.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sex, Psychiatry and the Cold War: A Transnational History of Homosexual Aversion Therapy, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 22 Dec 2020

English Studies, Master of Arts, Fabricated Histories? Fiction and Historical 'Truth' in John Howard's Australia, Freie Universität Berlin

Award Date: 31 Jan 2012

History, Bachelor of Arts, Pinks Under the Bed: Homosexuality, Nationalism and Communism in Cold War Australia, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

External positions

Advisory Board, Centre for Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London

Co-editor, Lilith Feminist History Journal

Associate Fellow, SHaME Project (Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters), Birkbeck, University of London

Fellow, DFG-Netzwerk Queere Zeitgeschichten

College Research Themes

  • Governance and Democracy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Cultural Heritage


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