Ryan Gustafsson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Asia Institute

University of Melbourne


Ryan Gustafsson is an Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Institute. Trained in continental philosophy and social theory, they conduct research on Korean transnational adoption, transracial adoptee lived experiences, migration, and diaspora.

Ryan is a recent recipient of the Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship (2020), and also undertakes collaborative and individual research projects in the fields of gender studies and environmental philosophy. They are currently completing a book manuscript on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of nature.

Ryan is also co-founder of the Philosophies of Difference group, a public engagement initiative based in Melbourne. They also co-produce podcasts on adoption and trans experiences.


2020. Spectral Genealogies: Korean Transnational Adoptees, Substitutability, and the Korean Diaspora. Peril: Asian-Australian Arts & Culture, 41 (AA17). Link

2020. Theorizing Korean transracial adoptee experiences: Ambiguity, substitutability, and racial embodiment. International Journal of Cultural Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877920938374

2020. Philosophies of Difference: Nature, Racism, and Sexuate Difference. Routledge. (Co-edited with H. Hill and R. Ngo.)

2017. Depth, Nature, Participation. Australian Feminist Law Journal, 47: 89-105. 

2017. “Outside of Being”: Animal Being in Agamben’s Reading of Heidegger. Colloquy, 25.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4225/03/5922b5ca83481

2015. “A Provisional Alignment”: Toward the Formation of a “We” (That We Are). Journal of Animal Ethics, 5: 76-82.

2013. The Animal is like a Quiet FOrce: Emergence and Negativity in Agamben and Merleau-Ponty. Chiasmi International, 15: 251-267.

2013. Live and ‘Make’ Live: The (Re)animations of Topsy the Elephant’. antiTHESIS, 23: 37-53.

External links

University of Melbourne research profile