Dr Cassandra Byrnes


School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 54164


Dr Cassandra Byrnes (she/her) is a History Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia, and researches histories of gender and sexuality focusing on reproductive rights and control. She is working on a history of reproductive coercion in Australia’s recent past, and how that directly influences our current understandings of laws and social practices. Her past research has examined reproduction regulation in Queensland in the mid-to-late twentieth century, illustrating how political, moral, and social control over contracepting bodies influenced broader attitudes regarding agency and autonomy. She was a National Library of Australia Summer Scholar and a Global Change Scholar at UQ, collaborating with peers in interdisciplinary networks, and has recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship on the interdisciplinary project The Limits of Consent.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class 1), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Featherstone, Lisa and Byrnes, Cassandra (2018). A history of gender. Gender: time. (pp. 85-102) edited by Karin Sellberg. New York, NY, United States: Macmillan Reference USA.

  • Byrnes, Cassandra (2018). ‘The Abstract Beauties of Female Education’: A History of University Women in Brisbane. Brisbane: Training, Teaching and Turmoil – Tertiary Education 1825-2018. (pp. 1-1) edited by William Metcalf and Barry Shaw. Salisbury, QLD Brisbane: Boolarong Press.

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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