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Kathryn (Kate) Henne is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo and holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award at RegNet, the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, where she is an Associate Professor.

Her research interests are primarily concerned with relationships between inequality and biogovernance—that is, the governance of populations and individual humans through science and technology. Her work spans a range of issues, including regulatory science, institutions of governance, biometric surveillance, sport and physical culture, drug regulation, development, crime, and deviance.

Her ongoing research examines emerging developments around the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), considering how policymakers and medical scientists in different jurisdictions frame the issue and how TBI sufferers navigate regulatory systems. It seeks to illuminate how science and health policy interact and come to inform regulation, as well as how those dynamics reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the mind and body, and (injured) human agency. She is also the lead investigator on a multi-sited project that examines the use of biometric technologies a as regulatory tools in different social assistance contexts, examining how they affect recipients, many of whom have to navigate multiple forms of social inequality.


  • Henne, Kathryn. 2017. “‘I Felt Like a Lab Rat’: The Importance of Power and Context in Understanding Biometric Technologies”.
    The American Journal of Bioethics. 17 (1): 63–65.
  • Henne, Kathryn. 2017. “Multi-Sited Fieldwork in Regulatory Studies”. Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. Edited by Peter Drahos. 97-114. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Roussell, Aaron, Kathryn Henne, Karen Glover, and Dale Willits. 2017. “Impossibility of a Reverse Racism Effect: A Rejoinder to James, Vila, and Vila”. Criminology & Public Policy.
  • Henne, Kathryn, and Rita Shah. 2016. “Feminist Criminology and the Visual”. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture. Edited by Michelle Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Henne, Kathryn E. 2015. “Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport”. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Henne, Kathryn. 2015. “Reforming Global Sport: Hybridity and the Challenges of Pursuing Transparency”. Law & Policy. 37 (4): 324–349.
  • Henne, Kathryn, and Rita Shah. 2015. “Unveiling White Logic in Criminological Research: An Intertextual Analysis”. Contemporary Justice Review. 18 (2): 105–120.
  • Henne, Kathryn. 2014. “The “Science” of Fair Play in Sport: Gender and the Politics of Testing”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 39 (3): 787–812.
  • Henne, Kathryn. 2013. “From the Academy to the UN and Back Again: The Traveling Politics of Intersectionality”. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. 33.
  • Henne, Kathryn, and Emily Troshynski. 2013. “Mapping the Margins of Intersectionality: Criminological Possibilities in a Transnational World”. Theoretical Criminology. 17 (4): 455–473.

Academic/Professional Awards

  • 2017–2020 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Research Council
  • 2013–2016 Social Science Research Grant (with James Connor and Vanessa McDermott), World Anti-Doping Agency
  • 2011 Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship, University of California
  • 2009–2010 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, National Science Foundation
  • 2009 Olympic Studies Centre Research Grant, International Olympic Committee

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