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Research Officer, Gender, Law and Drugs program, La Trobe University

Dion Kagan is a Research Officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University, where he is a member of the Gender, Law and Drugs (GLaD) program. He has a multidisciplinary background spanning social and cultural research on sexuality, gender, community health, popular culture and technology. He is the author of 'Positive Images: Gay Men and the Culture of Post-Crisis' (Bloomsbury, 2018), and has published widely on the history, sociality and biopolitics of HIV/AIDS.

In the Gender, Law and Drugs program, Dion is currently working on an ARC-funded project addressing hepatitis C–related legal, policy and practice discrimination in a ‘post-cure’ world. Before commencing at La Trobe, he completed a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne where he held several appointments in undergraduate and capstone teaching and supervision in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies and Screen Studies

Dion is also an IPED-certified editor and an arts critic whose essays and reviews have been published in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, The Age, The Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings, Sissy Screens and more.


  • –present
    Research Officer, La Trobe University


  • 2012 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD (Cultural Studies)