Dr J.R. Latham


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Joe is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, and an Honorary Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is a medical anthropologist and feminist philosopher whose research combines critical concepts of ‘addiction’, ageing and narrative with bioethics, queer theory, and science and technology studies (STS) via a focus on transgender medicine. Joe’s current research focusses on the meanings given to performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use, and the hepatitis C information needs of PIED consumers. Part of the Social Science of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) research program, this qualitative project will collect the stories of people who use PIEDs and health professionals to investigate the dynamic intersections of PIED use with men’s experiences of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and age.

Joe’s current research continues his focus on men’s health and experiences of embodiment, sexuality and ageing developed during his PhD research, which analysed discourses and practices of transgender medicine alongside the autobiographical accounts of trans men, and was awarded the Nancy Millis University Medal in 2016. Joe has taught courses in criminology, cultural studies, feminist philosophy, gender studies, history and philosophy of science, Indigenous studies, and sexuality studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has published on ‘addiction’, ageing, cosmetic surgery, drug use, health and ethics, intersex rights, medicine, narrative, portraiture and television.

For a full list of Joe’s publications, click here.


·         PhD Public Health & Cultural Studies, La Trobe University

·         BA(Hons1) Critical Theory & Gender Studies, Monash University

Research Interests

  • Addiction, ageing, drug use, gender and the body, science and technology studies (STS), sexuality, transgender medicine