Senior Lecturer in Human Development, Massey University

Cat Pausé, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in Human Development at Massey University. She is lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (2014, Ashgate), and coordinated two international conferences - Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections (2012) and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment (2016). Fat Studies: Past, Present, Futures is running in Auckland, New Zealand in 2020.

Her research is focused on the effects of fat stigma on health and well-being on fat individuals and how fat activists resist the fatpocalypse. She has called for a new fat ethics, acknowledging the role science has played in the oppression of fat people and ensuring that research around fatness centers fat epistemology.

Her work appears in scholarly journals including Fat Studies, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Feminist Review, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, as well as online in the Huffington Post, NPR, The Conversation, and in her blog (Friend of Marilyn). Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, has been showcasing fat studies scholarship and fat activism since 2011.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer R2, Massey University
  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer R1, Massey University
  • 2008–2014
    Lecturer, Massey University

Education

  • 2017 
    Massey University, PGCertificate Public Health
  • 2007 
    Texas Tech University, Doctor of Philosophy - Human Development & Family (Human Development)
  • 2002 
    Texas Tech University, Masters of Art - Sociology
  • 1999 
    Texas State University, Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

Publications

  • 2019
    Productive but not constructive: The work of shame in the affective governance of fat pregnancy, Feminism & Psychology
  • 2019
    Get together? Fat kids and physical education, Health Education Journal
  • 2019
    Frozen: A fat tale of immigration, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society
  • 2019
    Everybody: Making fat radio for all of us, Body battlegrounds: Trangressions, tensions, and transformations
  • 2018
    “The elephant in the room”: Naming fatphobia in maternity care, Heavy burdens: Stories of motherhood and fatness
  • 2018
    Exploring the threats to sociable scholarship: An autoethnographic viewing of participatory news making, Journal of Social and Political Psychology
  • 2018
    Hung up: Queering fat therapy, Women & Therapy
  • 2018
    Throwing our weight around: Fat girls, protest, and civil unrest, M/C Journal
  • 2018
    “I’m just a woman having a baby”: Negotiating and resisting the problematisation of pregnancy fatness, Frontiers in Sociology
  • 2018
    Pregnant with possibility: Negotiating fat maternal subjectivity in the “war on obesity”, : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
  • 2018
    Enlarging conference learning: At the crossroads of Fat Studies and Conference Pedagogies, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
  • 2018
    Borderline: The ethics of fat stigma in public health, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • 2017
    Candy perfume girl: Colouring in fat bodies, FKW//Zeitschrift fϋr Geschlechterforschung und Visuelle Kultur
  • 2016
    What is the school’s role in fighting obesity? , Physical Education New Zealand Journal
  • 2016
    Promise to try: Teaching fat pedagogies in tertiary education. , Fat pedagogy reader: Challenging weight-based oppression in education
  • 2016
    Stigma in practice: Barriers to health for fat women, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2016
    Sociable scholarship: The use of social media in disseminating and collaborating in the 21st century, Journal of Applied Social Theory
  • 2015
    Rebel heart: Performing fatness wrong online, M/C Journal
  • 2015
    Human nature: On fat sexual identity and agency, Fat sex: New directions in theory and activism
  • 2014
    Die another day: The obstacles facing fat people in accessing shame-free and evidenced-based healthcare, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
  • 2014
    X-static process: Intersectionality within the field of fat studies, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
  • 2014
    Causing a commotion: Queering fatness in cyberspace, Queering fat embodiment
  • 2014
    Express yourself: Fat activism in the Web 2.0 age, The politics of size: Perspectives from the fat-acceptance movement
  • 2012
    We say what we are & we do as we say: Feminisms in Practice, Feminist Review
  • 2012
    Live to tell: Coming out as fat, Somatechnics
  • 2012
    Lifespan Development (2nd Australasian Ed), John Wiley & Sons
  • 2011
    Response to letter ‘New Zealand’s shocking diabetes rates can be reduced.’ , New Zealand Medical Journal
  • 2011
    Choosing to resist or reinforce the new managerialism: The impact of performance based research funding on academic identity, Higher Education Research & Development
  • 2007
    Moving on: The challenges of dynamic systems perspectives, Human Development

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Research of Identity Formation
  • Society for the Study of Human Development
  • Association of Women in Psychology
  • APA - Division 35

Research Areas

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing (170102)
  • Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified (169999)
  • Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified (111799)