Dr Johanna Schmidt

Senior lecturer

Qualifications: PhD Auckland

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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., 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

  • 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., 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:

  • 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.

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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

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