Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair Tier 2

PhD Criminology, Law and Society (University of California)
MA Kinesiology (California State University)
MA Social Ecology (University of California)
BA (Honours) Political Science (Temple University)

Research and teaching areas

Research areas:

  • Critical Health Studies
  • Feminist and Critical Theory
  • Physical Cultural Studies
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Deviance

Teaching areas:

  • Law and Society 
  • Surveillance and Society


My research interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with biogovernance—that is, the governance of populations and individual humans through science and technology—with a particular focus on how technoscience and regulation interface with social inequality. My work spans surveillance, sport and physical culture, biomedicine, gender inequality, drug regulation, crime, and deviance.

My current projects examine (1) how different populations navigate the regulatory requirements, particularly the introduction of biometric authentication, when seeking social assistance; and (2) the development of regulatory science and interventions targeting traumatic brain injury among sport participants, military personnel, and survivors of interpersonal violence.

My previous work draws upon fieldwork conducted in Australasia, Europe, and North America to trace the emergence of technocratic rules aimed at enforcing ideologies of ‘fair play’ through the policing of athletes’ bodies. More information about the research and methods of the project is available via podcasts sponsored by The Society Pages.

In addition to my research activities, I am a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a professional institution that promotes teaching excellence in higher education.

Selected publications

  • Henne, K., & R. Shah. The Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • McDermott, V., K. Henne, & J. Hayes. Shifting Risk to the Frontline: Case Studies in Different Contract Working Environments. Journal of Risk Research, online first. doi:10.1080/13669877.2017.1313764.
  • Henne, K. 2017. Multi-Sited Fieldwork in Regulatory Studies.  Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. P. Drahos, ed. Canberra: ANU Press, 97–114.
  • Henne, K. 2017. “I Felt Like a Lab Rat”: The Importance of Power and Context in Understanding Biometric Technologies. The American Journal of Bioethics 17(1): 63–65.
  • Henne, K. 2017. Indicator Culture in Sport for Development and Peace: A Transnational Analysis of Governance Networks. Third World Thematics 2(1): 69–86.
  • Roussell, A., K. Henne, K. Glover, & D. Willits. 2017. Impossibility of a Reverse Racism Effect: A Rejoinder to James, Vila, and Vila. Criminology & Public Policy. doi:10.1111/1745-9133.12289.
  • Henne, K., & R. Shah. 2016. Feminist Criminology and the Visual. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture. M. Brown, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.56.
  • Henne, K. 2016. Defending Doping: Performances and Trials of an Anti-Doping Program. Journal of Sport and Social Issues 40(3): 175–196.
  • Henne, K. 2015. Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Henne, K. 2015. Reforming Global Sport: Hybridity and the Challenges of Pursuing Transparency. Law & Policy 37(4): 324–349.
  • Henne, K., & R. Shah. 2015. Unveiling White Logic in Criminological Research: An Intertextual Analysis. Contemporary Justice Review 18(2): 105–120.
  • Henne, K. 2014. The Emergence of Moral Technopreneurialism in Sport: Techniques in Anti-Doping Regulation, 1966–1976. International Journal of the History of Sport 31(8): 884–901.
  • Henne, K. 2014. The “Science” of Fair Play in Sport: Gender and the Politics of Testing. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39(3): 787–812.
  • Henne, K., & E. Troshynski. 2013. Mapping the Margins of Intersectionality: Criminological Possibilities in a Transnational World. Theoretical Criminology 17(4): 455–473.
  • Henne, K., & E. Troshynski. 2013. Suspect Subjects: Affects of Bodily Regulation. International Journal for Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy 2(2): 100–112.
  • Henne, K., B. Koh, & V. McDermott. 2013. Coherence of Drug Policy in Sports: Illicit Inclusions and Illegal Inconsistencies. Performance Enhancement & Health 2(2): 48–55.
  • Henne, K. 2010. WADA, the Promises of Law, and the Landscapes of Anti-Doping Regulation. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 33(2): 306–325.

Research grants

I have received research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Australian Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Olympic Committee, and World Anti-Doping Agency. My funded research projects are:

  • "For Better or Worse? How Biometric Technologies are Changing Social Assistance,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2017–2022.
  • "Tackling a Silent Epidemic: Regulatory Science and Traumatic Brain Injury," Australian Research Council, 2017–2020.



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