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Dr Cat Pause

Senior lecturer

Institute of Education

Cat Pausé is the lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (Ashgate). A Fat Studies Researcher, her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on the health and well-being of fat individuals. Her work appears in scholarly journals such as Human Development, Feminist Review, HERDSA, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, as well as online in The Huffington Post and The Conversation, among others. She hosted Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections in 2012 and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in 2016. Cat is also involved in sociable scholarship; her work is highlighted in her social media presence, Friend of Marilyn, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and her blog. Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, is travelling the world this year – make sure your city is on the tour! 

Cat Pausé is a Fat Studies scholar whose research focuses on the effects of fat stigma on the health and well-being of fat individuals. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 021 829 088
    Location: 2.05, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctorate of Philosophy - Human Development & Fami - Texas Tech University (2007)
  • Master of Arts - Sociology - Texas Tech University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology - Southwest Texas State University (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am a Fat Studies researcher. Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary field that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of fatness and the fat body. Fat studies researchers explore fat bodies as they are embodied and are shaped by/remake the world. Fat Studies creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance and celebration within mass culture.

My current research interests include the development, maintenance, and revision of fat identity and the education of service workers on the myths associated with obesity.

During my doctoral work, I studied under Dr. Gwendolyn T. Sorell on the Adult Identity Development Project. The AIDP collects data on adult identity development, maintenance, and revision - ranging from parental identity, work identity, sibling identity, friendship identity, spiritual identity, weight identity, and body identity. My dissertation explored weight identity in fat women.


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102):
Other Studies in Human Society (169900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)


Fat Studies


Human Development

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Kathryn Maree Hoare - Doctor of Education
    Journey together through the three years: An evaluation of personal tutor system, a student support model embedded in a Bachelor of Nursing programme in New Zealand

Media and Links


  • 24 Jul 2012 - Radio
    Panel: Anti-obesity campaigns and fat acceptance
    I accepted an invitation to participate in a panel discussion for ABC in Australia on anti-obesity campaigns.
  • 20 Sep 2012 - Radio
    I accepted an invitation to speak on RadioLIVE about the assertion that obesity results from food addiction.
  • 19 Jan 2015 - Online
    Can fat be beautiful?
  • 14 Apr 2015 - Television
    The F word
    Media Take, Maori TV
  • 05 Apr 2015 - Online, Newspaper
    Fat people have really hot sex
    The Herald
  • 02 Apr 2015 - Online
    ‘Guess what? Fat people do have sex’
    The News

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