Dr Kate Cregan


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1992: BA (Hons), Monash University 
1999: PhD (Arts), Monash University
2011: GCHE, Monash University

Teaching/Work responsibilities

Visiting Fellow in the School of Graduate Research, Research and Innovation Portfolio, RMIT University

Research Interests

Kate is a Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator of the Graduate Researcher in Print publications and thesis writing programs within the Faculty of Arts Graduate Research School at Monash University. Kate has a taught, researched and published in a number of disciplines including: sociology, social ethics, social theory, healthcare ethics, literary and cultural studies, and writing and research pedagogies. She has expertise running interdisciplinary writing groups in thesis writing, writing for publication and research ethics across the humanities and social sciences; fine arts, design & architecture; health sciences; and to both postgraduate and staff HDR candidates. Her skills, expertise and experience as a postgraduate educator were recently recognised by the Monash University Faculty of Arts 2013 Dean’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in Postgraduate Education.

All Kate’s research and her teaching are based in the cultural and social analysis of embodiment, with particular attention to medical interpretations, constructions and representations of the human body. Her doctoral dissertation and subsequent articles are situated in the social, cultural and historical analysis of the body as it has been interpreted and shaped within authoritative, pedagogical institutions and popular or public arena. Following the submission of her PhD she widened her research base to encompass contemporary issues affecting the human body, with particular reference to issues of social ethics, exchange and commodification, focussing on analyses of medical technologies, their globalization, and their impact on embodiment. Since that time she has also conducted fieldwork interviews in Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, and contributed to the formulation of community development policy in PNG.

Between April 2008 and December 2010 she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (Springer – 5(3) to 8(1)).Since early 2011 she has been the annual Australian Review essayist for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, an invited position. Other recent invitations have resulted in presentations on: HDR writing skills at the ANU in Canberra in September 2010; online training for HREC members at the Australasian Ethics Network Conference at the University of Melbourne in November 2010; Teaching Ethics to Medical Students at the Cambridge Quarterly conference in Cambridge, UK in July 2011; and on the intersection of art and anatomical practices, at COFA at UNSW in August 2011

Professional organisation memberships

Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)

Advices given to governments

From: 01/07/2005 To: 30/06/2007
Department for Community Development, PNG
Integrated Community Development Policy

From: 01/07/2008 To: 31/12/2008
Federal Attorney General’s Department
Review of Selected Research Literature (1990 to the present): Intercountry Adoption

Funded Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Revisiting Postgraduate Publications and Assessing Thesis Writing Groups as Research Practice

MUHREC CF: 11/0241 – 2011000094
CI Dr Kate Cregan, Co-CI Prof. Denise Cuthbert

Assessing Postgraduate Writing Groups as Research Practice

RMIT HREC 61/11 (2011-2014)
CI Prof. Denise Cuthbert, co-CI Dr Kate Cregan

Understanding local leadership in research training; the role of the HDR co-ordinator

RMIT HREC 11/13 (2013)
CI Prof. Denise Cuthbert, co-CI Dr Robyn Barnacle, co-CI Dr Kate Cregan

Past Research Projects

Community Sustainability – Papua New Guinea (2005-2006)
CI Dr Kate Cregan (part of a larger team project)

Biotechnology across the borders of life (ARC DP Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005)
CI Dr Kate Cregan

Altruism, Gifting and Commodification (Monash Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2002)
CI Dr Kate Cregan



Cregan, K. and D. Cuthbert, Global Childhoods: Issues and Debates, Sage Publications, UK, in press for publication, September 2014.

Cregan, K., 2012, Key Concepts in Body and Society, Sage Publications, UK.

Cregan, K., 2011, The Sociology of the Body (Chinese translation), Weber Publishing, Taiwan.

Cregan, K., 2009, The Theatre of the Body: Staging Death and Embodying Life in Early-Modern London, Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium.

Cregan, K., 2006, The Sociology of the Body: Mapping the Abstraction of Embodiment, Sage, UK.

Book Chapters

Cregan, K., I have sewn on the head of a fool (reprinting of Chapter 4 of Theatre of the Body). In F. Brauer (ed) Bloody Bodies: The Art of Dissection and Execution. University of Illinois Press, Chicago (under review).

Cregan, K., 2011, Blood and Circuses, reprinted in Jonathan Finn, ed., Visual Culture and Communication: Images in Action, Oxford University Press, London.

Cregan, K.A., 2004, Blood and circuses, in Images of the Corpse: From the Renaissance to Cyberspace, eds Elizabeth Klaver, The university of Wisconsin press, Wisconsin, London, pp. 39-62.

Cregan, K., 2002, Indigeneity and Rights Discourse, Indigenous Women’s History, Aboriginality and Multiculturalism, and The Politics of Indigenous Health Creation, in K. Cregan, D. Cuthbert, P. Muldoon, S. Lowish, and C. Spark, ‘Aboriginal Art, Identity and Culture’, Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 9, 1999, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002, pp. 239-302.

Cregan, K.A., Cuthbert, D.M., Lowish, S., Pritchard, S.J., Spark, C.H., 2001, Aboriginal identity, art and culture, in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, eds Kate McGowan, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, pp. 172-226.

Refereed Journal Articles

Cregan, K., 2010, Teaching the anatomical body in Seventeenth-Century London, Medicine Studies [P], vol 2, issue 1, June 2010, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 21-36.

Herbert, D., Cregan, K., Street, A., Bankier, A., Komesaroff, P., 2010, The lived experiences of families and individuals affected by haemophilia in relation to the availability of genetic testing services, Current Narratives [E], vol 2, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, pp. 27-43.

Cregan, K.A., 2008, Editorial, Journal of bioethical inquiry. [P], vol 5, issue 4, Springer, Dordrecht, p. 229.

Cregan, K.A., 2008, Edward Ravenscroft’s ‘The Anatomist’ and the ‘Tyburn Riots Against the Surgeons’,Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 [P], vol 32, issue 1, University of Tennessee, USA, pp. 19-35.

Cregan, K.A., 2007, Early modern anatomy and the queen’s body natural: The sovereign subject, Body & Society [P], vol 13, issue 2, Sage publications, UK, pp. 47-66.

Cregan, K.A., 2005, Ethical and social issues of embryonic stem cell technology, Internal Medicine Journal [P], vol 35, issue 2, Wiley-Blackwell publishing Asia, Australia, pp. 126-127.

Cregan, K.A., 2005, Reply, Internal Medicine Journal [P], vol 35, issue 8, Blackwell publishing, Oxford, pp. 500-501.

Cregan, K.A., James, P., 2002, Stem-cell alchemy: techno-science and the new philosopher’s stone, Arena Journal, vol 19, Arena Printing and Publishing, Fitzroy Vic Australia, pp. 61-72.

Cregan, K.A., 2001, ‘[S]he was convicted and condemned’, Social Semiotics, vol 11, issue 2, Taylor & Francis Ltd, London UK, pp. 125-137.

Selection of Other Articles and Invited Papers

Government Reports

Ceridwen Spark, Denise Cuthbert, Kate Cregan and Kate Murphy, 2008, Review of Selected Research Literature (1990 to the present): Special Needs and Older Children in Intercountry Adoption, Report for the Federal Attorney-General’s Department (Intercountry Adoption Branch), Canberra, ISBN 1 921241 60 8, 54 pp.

Cregan, Kate, 2008, ‘Community Learning Centres’ and ‘The Informal Sector’, in Paul James, Yaso Nadarajah, Victoria Stead, Karen Haive and Kate Cregan,Community Sustainability, Community Livelihoods: Learning for Wellbeing, Resilience and Sustainability in Papua New Guinea, Ministerial Report for the Department For Community Development, Papua New Guinea.

Department For Community Development and Contributing Advisors (Paul James, Kate Cregan and Marian Jacka) 2007, Integrated Community Development Policy, PNG Department For Community Development, Boroko, PNG. 

Selection of Other Articles and Invited Papers

Cregan, Kate, 2013, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?: Childhood and Identity in Australian Healthcare Ethics’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol.22, no.3, pp.

Cregan, Kate, in-press, ‘Ravenscroft, Edward’, The Encyclopaedia of British Literature 1660-1789, Wiley, Oxford, pp.

Cregan, Kate, 2012, ‘Regulating Ethics in Australian Healthcare Research’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol. 21, no. 3: pp. 384-390.

Cregan, Kate, 2012, ‘Staging Pain, 1580-1800: Violence and Trauma in British Theater’ ed. J.R. Allard and M. R. Martin, Review’, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Kats, XLVIII (2): pp. (accepted July 2011).

Cregan, Kate, 2005, ‘Reply to Drs Baschetti and Kirk’, Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 35, no. 8: p. 500-501.

Cregan, Kate, 2005, ‘Human Remains’, Arena Magazine, vol. 78: pp. 51-52.

Cregan, Kate, 2004, ‘Egging on the Post Human’, Arena Magazine, vol. 71: pp. 15-16.

Cregan, Kate, 2004, ‘“We Are Family”: Piccinini exhibition review’ (with Chris Scanlon), Arena Magazine, vol. 71: pp. 38-40.

Cregan, Kate, 2002-2003, ‘Dismembering Care: Organ Transplant Ethics’, Arena Magazine, vol. 62: pp. 49-50.

Cregan, Kate, 2002, ‘Stem Cells—Cleaving at the Root?’, Arena Magazine, vol. 58: pp. 13-14.

Cregan, Kate, 2001, ‘Gene Genies: Australia’s Biotech Push’, Arena Magazine, vol. 54: pp. 6-8. 

Monographs and Anthologies

Cregan, Kate, Public Broadcasting Services and Development in the Asia-Pacific: An Annotated Bibliography produced for the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network, Melbourne, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, 2008, ISBN 978 192 1377 556.

Cregan, Kate, ‘Remembering the Dead’, in Globalism Institute Annual Report, 2006, vol. 5, 2007, pp. 23-28.

Cregan, Kate, Microcosmographia: Seventeenth-Century Theatres of Blood and the Construction of the Sexed Body, Monash University, Melbourne, 1999, doctoral dissertation.

Cregan, Kate, Cultures of Mothering Resource Kit and Video, (with Barbara Dalton), Monash University, Centre for Women’s Studies, Melbourne, 1996.

Conference Papers/Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Cregan, Kate, ‘Teaching ethics to medical students: An outsider’s point of view’, invited speaker David Thomasma International Bioethics Retreat, Cambridge UK, 20-24 June 2011. (hosted by Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics)
  • Cregan, Kate, ‘Online Ethics Training for HRECs’, invited speaker Australasian Ethics Network Conference, Melbourne, 17-18 November 2010.
  • Cregan, Kate, ‘GRiP, HDR Writing Workshops for Publication’, invited speaker, HDR Writing Workshop Conference, ANU, Canberra, 6 September 2010.
  • Cregan, Kate, ‘Staging Death and Embodying Life in Early Modern London’, Early Europe Forum, University of Melbourne, 13-14 December 2007.
  • Cregan, Kate, ‘Mapping the Abstraction of Embodiment’, invited speaker to the Theorising Embodiment seminar series, Department of Sociology, La Trobe University, 18 October 2007.
  • Cregan, Kate, ‘Maternal Embodiment Across Time and Culture’, invited speaker Maternal and Child Health Research Centre, La Trobe University, Seminar Series, 23 May 2007.

Distinctions and Awards

Academic prizes (national, international)

  • ARC APD Postdoctoral Fellowship (CI) 2003 – 2005
  • ARC ARC Network Seeding Grant (co-CI) 2004


  • Winner, 2013 Monash University Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Postgraduate Education).
  • Visiting Fellowship, School of Graduate Research, RMIT University, 2013-2014
  • Highly Commended Team Member, Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Exception Performance, Monash University, 2012
  • Winning Team Member, Faculty of Arts, Dean’s Award for Exceptional Performance, Monash University, 2011
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne 2007-2010
  • Publications Award , University of Melbourne, 2007
    RMIT Research Award, Team Regional Award – Offshore, RMIT University, 2005
  • RMIT Research Infrastructure Fund Collaborative team grant, RMIT University, 2004
  • RMIT Research Award, Discovery, RMIT University, 2003
  • RMIT Team Innovation Award, RMIT University, 2003
  • Monash Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship, Monash University, 2001-2002
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Southampton, UK, 1996