Hanna Hacker, affiliated with the University of Vienna, is a historian and sociologist with research emphasis on Postcolonial and Cultural Studies in a feminist, queer and intersectional perspective. Mostly working as independent scholar, she held posts as a lecturer and professor at several Austrian universities, in Yaoundé (Cameroon), and at the Department of Gender Studies at CEU, Budapest. She has published widely in the field of gender theories, women’s/feminist/queer movements, sexualities and body politics around 1900, international inequalities, postdevelopment, transculturality and Critical Whiteness Studies. Since the 1970s she has been an activist in feminist/lesbian/queer political contexts.
Her PhD thesis on the politics of “female homosexuality” in Austria around 1900, first published in 1987, is considered a pioneering work in the field of queer historiography; Hanna Hacker issued a critical re-reading of this study in 2015 (“Frauen* und Freund_innen. Lesarten ‘weiblicher Homosexualität’, Österreich 1870-1938”, Vienna: Zaglossus)