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Dr Jaya Keaney



Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45665


Jaya Keaney is a Gender Studies scholar, whose research focuses on the intersections of race, reproduction, and science and technology. Much of her work examines how understandings of racialized kinship are reproduced and reconfigured through biotechnologies, fields of scientific research, and changing reproductive forms. Jaya is currently working on two research projects. The first explores race in donor conception and surrogacy markets, with a focus on queer family making. The second explores the implications of epigenetics research for Aboriginal communities in Australia, with a focus on understandings of intergenerational trauma and reproductive justice.

Jaya was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (Reproductive Sociology Research Group) in 2018. She received the Australian Women's and Gender Studies PhD Prize (2021) for her doctoral thesis about race, assisted reproduction and queer family making.

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Research interests

Reproduction, feminist science studies, critical race theory, queer theory, kinship, epigenetics, biotechnology


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The queer multiracial family: figuring race in donor-assisted conception

Jaya Keaney

(2019), pp. 79-95, Reproductive industry: intimate experiences and global processes, Lanham, Md., B1

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