DR Benjamin Hegarty

DR Benjamin Hegarty


  • Anthropology
  • Asian cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality



  • Benjamin Hegarty is an anthropologist specialising in gender and sexuality studies. His research draws on ethnographic methods to investigate the interplay between historical and contemporary transformations in queer Asian cultures. Benjamin's dissertation research investigated this concern in the Indonesian context, investigating how and in what ways globalised knowledge about sex/gender/sexuality shaped the emergence of distinctive national cultures of transgender femininity. He is currently based at the University of California, Irvine where he is a Visiting Researcher in Anthropology on an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin University.   


Member of

  • Australian Anthropological Society. Ordinary 2013 - 2017


Selected publications


Education and training

  • Ph.D., Australian National University 2018
  • PhD, The Australian National University 2018
  • M.Asian Studies, Monash University 2012
  • B.A., Griffith University 2005

Awards and honors

  • Gender Institute Prize for the best PhD thesis, second place, 2018
  • Australian Anthropological Society PhD Thesis Prize, 2018
  • Field research and internship at Gadjah Madah University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia., Endeavour Australia Asia Prime Minister's Award, 2014
  • PhD research at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU., Australian Postgraduate Award, 2013



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I welcome inquiries from students from a range of levels who are interested in applying ethnographic approaches to the study of gender and sexuality. In addition to Southeast Asia, I am interested in a broad range of cultural contexts, particularly those within/across Asia and Australia. Possible areas of interest: the anthropology of love / intimacy; the anthropology of media; queer Asian studies; transgender studies; transnational / inter-Asian Southeast Asian studies.