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Dr Matthew Ball

Faculty of Law,
School of Justice


Dr Matthew Ball
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Other Studies in Human Society
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Docotor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Justice (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Justice (Critical Criminology) (Queensland University of Technology)


queer theory, sexuality, critical criminology, Foucault, governmentality, poststructuralism, justice, legal education

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Matthew is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, having joined the school in 2008. Matthew has an established research profile in the area of sexuality and criminal justice, and has previously published on intimate partner violence in male same-sex relationships. He is also an active member of the Queering Paradigms collaborative research network, having co-convened the 2nd Queering Paradigms conference and edited Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas (2011, Peter Lang). In 2012, Matthew was appointed as a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Sex, Gender, and Sexualities at Durham University. His current research interests focus on the intersections between queer theory and criminology. Matthew also has an established research profile in Foucaultian theory and governmentality studies, particularly as applied to Australian legal education. He has published in this area, focusing especially on the formation of legal personae, social justice, and depression among law students. He is also a member of the editorial board of Legal Education Review. Matthew is the co-author of Justice in Society (2012, Federation Press) and the co-editor of Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy: International Perspectives(2013, Palgrave MacMillan) and Queering Criminology (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). Matthew is currently the Higher Degrees Research coordinator in the School of Justice, and the School of Justice equity representative. He has an ongoing role as a member of the QUT Ally Network, and has previously served as the Faculty of Law Equity chair and the postgraduate representative on the QUT Research Degrees Committee. In 2007, he also established a support group for queer-identifying law and justice students at QUT, and has actively sought the inclusion of issues relating to sexuality in the justice curriculum.

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Units currently taught

  • JSB171 Justice and Society
  • JSB262 Power, Government, and Justice
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