Personal details

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)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Asian Criminology Society
  • The Pinnacle Foundation (mentor)
  • QUT Ally Network
  • The Channel
  • 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 three foundational works in the field – Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows? (Palgrave), Queering Criminology (co-edited with Angela Dwyer and Thomas Crofts, Palgrave), and a special issue of Critical Criminology titled ‘Queer/ing Criminology: New Directions and Frameworks’ (co-edited with Carrie L. Buist and Jordan Blair Woods).

Matthew is also an active member of the Queering Paradigms collaborative research network, having co-convened the 2nd Queering Paradigms conference, edited Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas(2011, Peter Lang), and co-convened the first ‘Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South’ conference (also the 9th Queering Paradigms conference). From 2012-2015 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Sex, Gender, and Sexualities at Durham University.

Matthew is currently the Higher Degrees Research coordinator in the School of Justice. He currently sits on the QUT LGBTIQA+ Action Plan Working Party, has an ongoing role as a member of the QUT Ally Network, and has previously served as the Faculty of Law Equity chair.

Between 2012 and 2018, Matthew was a member of the editorial board of Legal Education Review.

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.