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Chris Brickell 2 ImageBA(Hons) PhD(Well)

Professor in Gender Studies

Contact details

Room R6C22, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 8184

Much of my research focuses on the connections between sexuality, gender and identity and draws on sociological and historical approaches.

With Judith Collard I recently co-edited Queer Objects, an international collection that explores LGBT material culture. This book was published in late 2019 by Otago, Rutgers and Manchester University Presses. My new book project is an edition of James Courage's diaries. A wry observer of mid-twentieth century life in New Zealand and England, Courage was the author of A Way of Love, the first gay novel by a New Zealander. The affective qualities of landscapes, travels by ocean liner, life during the Blitz and psychiatric treatment are among his diaries' themes.

I am also researching the interconnections between male homosexuality, imprisonment and psychology in New Zealand during the twentieth century and I am writing a series of journal articles that explore the history, meaning and politics of same-sex marriage and its wider social context.

Further details of my research projects can be found at


GEND 102 Bodies, Sexualities and Selves
GEND 206 / 306 Gender, Work and Consumer Culture
GEND 207 / 307 Masculinities
GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality

Postgraduate supervision

  • Sexuality
  • Gay studies
  • Masculinity
  • Histories of adolescence
  • Affect, identities and space
  • Visual sociology and visual history


Brickell, C. (2024, February). The varied path: Reflections on the road to equality. Panel discussion at the Summer School | Scoil Samhraidh | Te Kura Raumati: A Social revolution: A reflection on the history, journey and activism of the Rainbow Community, Embassy of Ireland, Wellington, New Zealand.

Gilmour, F. E., & Brickell, C. (2024). Media representations of criminalised women in 1950s Aotearoa New Zealand. In V. M. Nagy & G. Rycher (Eds.), Women’s criminalisation and offending in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 124-139). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003232315

Brickell, C. (2023, December). Robert Lord's public and private worlds: A talk by Professor Chris Brickell. Hocken Collections | Uare Taoka o Hākena, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Brickell, C., Manhire, V., & Rees, N. (Eds.). (2023). Robert Lord diaries. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Brickell, C. (2023). [Review of the book The people's porn: A history of handmade pornography in America]. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 32(2), 239-241. [Book Review].

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