Dr Johanna Schmidt

Senior lecturer; Convener of Sociology & Social Policy

Qualifications: PhD Auckland



Gender; Social Policy; Sociology; Women and Gender Studies

Transgender, with a Pacific focus; parenting and family studies; gender and sexuality; qualitative research methods.

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., Treharne, G. J., Ellis, S. J., Schmidt, J. M., & Veale, J. F. (2019). Gender minority stress: A critical review. Journal of Homosexuality, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00918369.2019.1591789 Open Access version:

  • Schmidt, J. (2019). Samoan fa'afafine. In The Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History (pp. 1405-1407). Charles Scribner & Sons.

  • Reese, E., Keegan, P., McNaughton, S., Kingi, T., Atatoa Carr, P., Schmidt, J., . . . Morton, S. (2018). Te Reo Māori: indigenous language acquisition in the context of New Zealand English. Journal of Child Language, 45(2), 340-367. doi:10.1017/S0305000917000241

  • Schmidt, J. M. (2017). Translating transgender: Using Western discourses to understand Samoan fa'afāfine. Sociology Compass, 11(5), 1-17. doi:10.1111/soc4.12485

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Papers Taught


PhD supervisions
- Juliana Brown (with 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, 'Digging through community gardens: An investigation of the social benefits of community gardens'.

- Kar Tou Tan (with Psychology) 'New Zealand Transgender Health Survey with a mental health focus'.

- Lynley Uerata, 'Flourishing in precarity: Four cases of Maaori households in Hamilton, New Zealand'.

Masters supervisions
- Juliana Brown (with Psychology), '"We're like the sex CPR dummies": Negotiating (heteros)ex in a university residential setting'. Completed 2016.

Contact Details

Room: K.2.09
Phone: ext 9365