Dr Christina Vogels

profile image

Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 7886

Email: christina.vogels@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:

School of Communication Studies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • BCS
  • MA (Hons)
  • PhD Auck

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member, Gender Diversity Research Group
  • Member, Popular Culture Research Group

Teaching Areas:

  • Media Communication Theory
  • Popular Culture/Cultural Studies
  • Gender Theory
  • Feminist Theory

Research Summary:

My research is underpinned first and foremost by a passion for violence against women prevention. My doctoral work involved a feminist analysis of how young men, from a rural high school in Aotearoa/New Zealand, understand being boyfriends. At the core of this study was an exploration of young masculinities and how femininities are constructed in young men’s sense-makings. My research interests also include interrogating gender representations within young adult fiction/film and exploring the popular romance. My conceptual influences include feminist Bourdieusian theory, critical masculinities studies and a critical feminist appraisal of femininities within the social world.

Current Research Projects:

  • Interrogating young masculinities and femininities
  • (Hetero)Romantic oppression
  • Representations of popular romance


  • Vogels, C. (forthcoming).“It’s called being her dog”: Young men talk about being boyfriends, homosociality and the expelling of femininity.  YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research
  • Vogels, C. (forthcoming).A feminist and "outsider" in the field: Negotiating the challenges of researching young men.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
  • Vogels, C. (2019). "(Un)Knowing the rules of the game: Young men’s precarious talk about “territory marking” in rural Aotearoa/New Zealand". Rural Sociology.DOI: 10.1111/ruso.12277
  • Vogels, C. (2018, December 18). Talking to our young men may unlock answers to the Grace Millane tragedy. The Spinoff. https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/18-12-2018/talking-to-our-young-men-may-unlock-answers-to-the-grace-millane-tragedy/
  • Vogels, C. (2017). “It’s a masculinity sort of thing”: How young men talk about the rules of (hetero)romantic relationships (Doctoral Thesis - University of Auckland)
  • Vogels, C. (2017). “Is Edward Cullen a ‘good’ boyfriend? Young men talk about Twilight, masculinity and the rules of (hetero)romance”. Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 6.
  • Vogels, C. (2017), ‘From captive to ‘grounder-pounder’: The changing gendered identities of The 100’s Octavia Blake’, Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Wellington, New Zealand, 10 – 11 July, 2017, P. Mountfort (ed), Sydney: PopCAANZ, pp. 195-209. Available from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2017/.