Gail Hawkes has been a pioneer researcher into the history of ideas about sexuality in the anglophone west. Her first book, A Sociology of Sex and Sexuality (McGraw Hill, 1996) remains on the reading list for undergraduates and postgraduates in numerous universities worldwide. She has published two other monographs, Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture (Blackwell, 2004) and Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010 with Danielle Egan). She has co-edited Perspectives on Human Sexuality (MacMillan, 2005 with Danielle Egan) and two special editions of international journals (2008) as well as publishing numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. She is currently researching the sexual subjectivity of older women in Australia.