Stephen Kerry

Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Stephen Kerry conducts research into the health and wellbeing of those who live on the gender margins of society, such as intersex and transgender people. Dr Kerry’s areas of research interest are gender, sexuality, health, religion, and popular culture. Xie* is also a trained counsellor and volunteers with local queer organisations to bring about social change. In 2015, Dr Kerry was a Keynote Speaker at the Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing conference in the UK and, in 2016, Dr Kerry was invited by the NT’s Department of Corrections to be part of a working group which developed a policy for transgender and intersex prisoners. Hir most recent research project has focused on the specific issues facing transgender people in the NT as well as transgender Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, also known as sistergirls and brotherboys. Xie is currently studying Mandarin and lives with a cat companion. 

*Dr Kerry identifies as genderqueer and uses gender-neutral pronouns. 

Areas of research

  • Sex and gender
  • Feminism and men’s studies
  • Queer theory
  • Sexual orientation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Crime and deviancy
  • News media and popular culture

Professional Membership


The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) University of Wollongong

The Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association

Women’s Electoral Lobby

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(2017, in press) Trans Territory. The lives of transgender and sex/gender diverse people in Australia’s Northern Territory, Routledge, London.

(2008) Are You a Boy or a Girl? Intersex and Genders: Contesting the Uncontested, VDM Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Book Chapters

(2017, in press), ‘Intersex men, masculinities, and ‘disabled’ penises,’ in Cassandra Loeser, Crowley, Vicki, & Pini, Barbara (eds.), Anthology of Disability and Masculinities: Corporeality, Pedagogy and the Critique of Otherness, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

(2015) ‘Intersex, religiosity, and the path to health and wellbeing’, in Susannah Cornwall (ed.), Intersex, Theology and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society (pp. 121-144). Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

(2014) ‘Hypospadias, the ‘bathroom panopticon’ and men’s psychological and social urinary practices, in Joseph Gelfer (ed.), Masculinities in a Global Era (pp. 215-228). International and Cultural Psychology Springer, Melbourne.

Journal Articles

(2017), Australian news media’s representation of Cate McGregor, the highest-ranking Australian transgender military officer. Journal of Gender Studies. doi: 10.1080/09589236.2017.1287068

(2016), ‘Transgender People in Australia’s Northern Territory’ International Journal of Transgenderism DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2016.1254077

(2016), ‘Transgender People in Australia’s Northern Territory’ International Journal of Transgenderism DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2016.1254077

(2016) ‘Comparing and contrasting the aspirations of transgender Australians in 2001 with the current status of transgenderism’ International Journal of Transgenderism 17 (1),14-22 DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2015.1110510

(2014) ‘Sistergirls/brotherboys: The status indigenous transgender Australians’ International Journal of Transgenderism 15 (3-4), 173–186. DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2014.995262

(2011) ‘“Intersex imperialism” and the case of Caster Semenya: the unacceptable women’s body’, Scan. Journal of Media Arts Culture, 8 (1).

(2011) ‘Representation of intersex in news media: the case of Kathleen Worrall’, Journal of Gender Studies, 20 (3), 263-77. DOI:

(2009) ‘Intersex individuals’ religiosity and their journey to wellbeing’, Journal of Gender Studies, 18 (3), 277-85. DOI:

(2009) ‘“There’s Genderqueers on the Starboard Bow”: The Pregnant Male in Star Trek’, Journal of Popular Culture 42 (4), 699-714. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00703.x

Book Reviews

(2014), ‘Review of Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film, and Fiction in Contemporary American Culture by Casey Charles’, Somatechnics 4 (1) 191-194

(2010), ‘Review of Bodies in Doubt. An American History of Intersex by Elizabeth Reis’, Health & History 12 (1), 141-43.

Recent Conferences

(2015) “The role of religion and spirituality among intersex Australians” (Keynote Speaker) Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing, Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Exeter, UK.

(2013) “Max Weber and the social role of religion in the lives of intersex Australians.” The Australian Sociological Association, Monash University, Caulfield, Vic.

(2013) “Revisiting ‘Intersex Individuals’ Religiosity and their Journey to Wellbeing’” Intersex, Theology and the Bible, Lincoln Theological Institute, Manchester University, UK. 


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