Dr Johanna Schmidt

Qualifications: PhD Auckland

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Sexuality, with a focus on marginalised sexualities; Gender, with a focus on marginalised genders; Transgender, with a Pacific focus; Gender and parenting; Gender and politics

Research Interests

sexuality; gender and politics; transgender

Featured Publications

Schmidt, J. (2010). Migrating genders: Westernisation, migration, and Samoan fa'afafine. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Schmidt, J. (2012). Gender diversity. In Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (pp. 1-7). Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington. Retrieved from

Recent Publications

  • Tan, K. K. H., Schmidt, J. M., Ellis, S. J., Veale, J. F., & Byrne, J. L. (2021). ‘It’s how the world around you treats you for being trans’: mental health and wellbeing of transgender people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-13. doi:10.1080/19419899.2021.1897033 Open Access version:

  • Brown, J., Schmidt, J., & Veale, J. (2020). Reasons for (in)visibility on the university campus: Experiences of gender, sex and sexuality diverse staff and students. New Zealand Sociology, 35(1), 153-175.

  • Tan, K. K. H., Schmidt, J. M., Ellis, S. J., & Veale, J. F. (2020). Mental health of trans and gender diverse people in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A review of the social determinants of inequities. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 64-72. Retrieved from

  • Tan, K. K. H., Ellis, S. J., Schmidt, J. M., Byrne, J. L., & Veale, J. F. (2020). Mental health inequities among transgender people in Aotearoa New Zealand: Findings from the counting ourselves survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8). doi:10.3390/ijerph17082862 Open Access version:

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Papers Taught


Current PhD supervisions
- Juliana Brown (Psychology), Ally training programme & network: Creating a space of inclusion and support for takatapui and LGBTIQ+ staff and students at the University of Waikato.
- Fungai Mhalanga (Sociology), Digging through community gardens: An investigation of the social benefits of community gardens.
Lynley Uerata (Sociology), Insecure, unpredictable, hoping to survive: Four cases of Māori people living precariously in Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand

Completed PhD supervisions
Kar Tou Tan (Psychology) Mental health of transgender people in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Inequities, minority stress, and protective factors. Graduated 2021.

Completed Masters supervisions
- Dalwinder Sandhu (60 point thesis, Social Policy, completed 2020) An overview of how Aotearoa/New Zealand’s domestic violence policy accommodates an Indian cultural perspective
- Juliana Brown (60 point dissertation, Psychology, completed 2016), '"We're like the sex CPR dummies": Negotiating (heteros)ex in a university residential setting'.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: K.2.09
Phone: ext 9365