DR Hannah McCann

DR Hannah McCann


  • Gender, gender studies, feminism, feminist theory, LGBTQ communities, queer femme identity, identity politics, gender presentation, aesthetic labour (feminist debates, feminism, fashion, embodiment, identity politics, queer identity, aesthetic labour)



  • Dr Hannah McCann is a lecturer in gender studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research explores feminine gender presentation as represented in feminist discourse and in queer femme LGBTIQ communities, LGBTIQ fan subcultures, beauty culture, and affective and aesthetic labour. Her research monograph was published in the Routledge Feminism, Femininity and Female Sexuality series in January 2018, titled: "Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism and the Politics of Presentation".   


Member of

  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA). General member 2016 - 2017
  • The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS). General member 2016 - 2017
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association. General member 2014 - 2017
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). General member 2014 - 2017


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Hannah recently received a grant from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne to undertake the research project: "The Cost of 'Getting Ready': Femininity and Aesthetic Labour in the Beauty Industry"   


Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 2015
  • PhD, Australian National University 2015
  • BA, Australian National University 2009
  • Bsc, Australian National University 2008

Awards and honors

  • Gender Institute 2015 Prize for Excellence in Gender Research in the PhD Thesis, ANU Gender Institute, 2016
  • Feminist Theory Workshop International Travel Award to attend the Annual Feminist Theory Workshop at Duke University in March 2016, Duke University Women's Studies, 2015
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating, Australian National University, 2013
  • ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Tutoring, Australian National University, 2012
  • Inaugural ANU Gender Institute PhD Scholarship, ANU Gender Institute, 2011


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision of honours and GDA students. Possible areas of interest: - Sexual and gender identities - Gender presentation and embodiment - Queer theory - Affect theory - Feminist history - Theoretical debates in feminism - Femininity - Beauty culture - Queer femme identity - Fan studies - Celebrity studies - Digital ethnography