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Associate Professor Matthew Ball
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Other Studies in Human Society
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Identifiers and profiles

Docotor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Justice (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Justice (Critical Criminology) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • American Society of Criminology (Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Asian Criminology Society
  • The Pinnacle Foundation (mentor)
  • QUT Ally Network
  • GiveOUT
  • Queering Paradigms network

queer theory, sexuality, gender diversity, LGBT people and criminal justice, critical criminology, governmentality, poststructuralism, Foucault, QUT Centre for Justice

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


Matthew is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, having joined the school in 2008. His research focuses on the intersections between sexuality, gender, and criminal justice. Matthew has established an international research profile in the field of Queer Criminology, having written and edited two foundational texts in the field – Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows? (Palgrave) and Queering Criminology (co-edited with Angela Dwyer and Thomas Crofts, Palgrave). He has also co-edited a further four journal special issues on Queer Criminology, including: a special issue of Critical Criminology titled ‘Queer/ing Criminology: New Directions and Frameworks’ (with Carrie L. Buist and Jordan Blair Woods), a special issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice titled ‘Queer(y)ing Justice’ (with Angela Dwyer, Nicole Asquith, Justin Ellis, and Trudie Broderick), and two special issues titled ‘LGBTIQA Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice’ (with Henry F. Fradella) for the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Studies.

Matthew is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice and the emerging Division of Queer Criminology. He co-convened the first Queer Criminology symposium in Australia (in 2014), as well as the ‘Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South’ conference in Australia (in 2018), among other events. From 2012-2015, Matthew was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Sex, Gender, and Sexualities at Durham University, UK.

Matthew is a founding editor of the Routledge book series Queering Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is currently on the editorial board for Critical Criminology: An International Journal and Current Issues in Criminal Justice. Matthew has previously served on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy, and Legal Education Review.

Matthew is currently the School of Justice HDR Student Confirmations and Final Seminars Panel Co-Chair. He has previously been the School of Justice Higher Degrees Research Coordinator, the Faculty of Law Equity Chair, and an academic representative on the QUT LGBTIQA+ Action Plan Working Party. He continues to play an active role in equity-related activities in the School and Faculty.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Matthew Ball.


Units currently taught

  • JSB171 Justice and Society
  • JSB267 Identity, Marginalisation, and Global Change
  • JSB184 Sex and Crime
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Matthew Ball.


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Current supervisions

    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Cassandra Cross, Professor John Scott
  • The Pursuit of Sex Through Tourism in Africa: An Exploration of the Experiences, Perceptions and Attitudes of Male Sex Workers Servicing Sex Tourists in Botswana
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor John Scott
  • Using Construal Level Theory of Psychological Distance to Understand Behavioural Dimensions of Fear of Crime
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Michael Chataway, Dr Toby Miles-Johnson
  • Law, Queer Theory, and Batman Comics: How the Batman metatext frames the legal subject
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kieran Tranter, Mr Mark Thomas
  • The Role of Active Consent Strategies in Ensuring Respect for Consent in BDSM
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Michael Flood

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)