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Aleardo Zanghellini

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  • Director of Academic Career Progression
  • Director of the M Res (Law) and M Res (Law & Society) programmes
  • Convenor of Research Methods (LWMTRM), Research Methods for LLM Students (LWMTLM), Legal Knowledge & Legal Writing (LWMRLK), Law in Philosophy & Literature (LW3LPL), Dissertation (LW3DUG).
  • Teaching responsibilities: Law in Philosophy & Literature (LW3LPL), Jurisprudence (LW3JUR), Research Methods (LWMTRM), Research Methods for LLM Students (LWMTLM), Legal Knowledge & Legal Writing (LWMRLK), Dissertation (LW3DUG).

Areas of interest

  • Legal, political and moral philosophy
  • Law, gender and sexuality
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Law and literature

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome projects in the fields of conceptual and normative jurisprudence, critical legal theory, the governance of sexuality and gender (including from historical perspectives), and law and literature.


Aleardo Zanghellini is Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Reading. His academic writing is in the fields of legal, political and moral philosophy; the politics and governance of sexuality and gender; and law & literature. Aleardo’s scholarship regularly appears in leading international journals, and has broad international and transdisciplinary appeal. It is cited in the fields of law (including major reference work), moral philosophy, politics, as well as across a wide range of other disciplines, including in leading international journals in history and literature, women’s studies, and the most authoritative text in developmental psychology. It is also relied upon internationally in reports of public authorities, international agencies and government-sponsored inquiries, in government training manuals, by NGOs advocating for legal reform/social change, and by the general public.

Until 2010, Aleardo was employed at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia, where a quantitative study identified him as one of Australia's top researchers in law. To this day, Aleardo continues to serve as a reviewer for the Australian Research Council.

In addition to numerous articles, Aleardo is the author of two research monographs, The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority: The ‘Trials’ of Same-Sex Desire (2015), and Imaginative Resistance, Queer Fiction and The Law: Same-Sex Desire and the Good Life in Heteronormative Orders (2021), both published by Routledge. In 2018 Aleardo also published a work of historical fiction with Lethe Press, which attracted complimentary editorial reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, and was included in the GLBT roundtable of the American Library Association’s 2020 list of fiction titles exhibiting authentic LGBT+ content and commendable literary quality. Aleardo has also served as a judge of the Lambda Literary Awards.

Academic qualifications

JD (Milan), LLM (British Columbia), MSt (Oxon), PhD (Sydney)

Additional Publications - Scroll down to see RECENT publications

Trade Books

Book Chapters

  • (2013) 'Gay Surrogacy and Tahitian Adoption - How Queer is Queer Parenthood?' in O'Mara. K. and Wambui. B. (eds.) Queering Paradigms III: Queer Impact and Practices. Peter Lang, pp. 305-320. ISBN 978-3-0343-0939-4

Refereed Articles

  • 'Canada's Obscenity Law after Little Sisters' (2002) 7 Media & Arts Law Review 195-212

Book Reviews

  • 'Sexual Intimacy and Gender Identity Fraud: Re-Framing the Legal and Ethical Debate - Alex Sharpe' (2018) 27(6) Social and Legal Studies 805-809
  • 'Regulating Sexuality: Legal Consciousness in Lesbian and Gay Lives - Rosie Harding' (2011) 19(1) Feminist Legal Studies 97-100
  • 'Sexuality Repositioned: Diversity and the Law by Belinda Brooks Gordon et al' (2005) 27(2) Sydney Law Review 371-376


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