Leigh Boucher's research centres on the construction and representation of difference in liberal democratic political and popular cultures. This has produced work that investigates a wide variety of historical contexts and representations. This includes research on the dynamic of settler-colonialism and changing constructions of manhood in nineteenth century Victoria, anthropological constructions of the "Aborigine" in nineteenth century Australia, sexuality in contemporary historical films, contestations over masculinity in the representation of the AFL, and the impact of changing ideas about sexuality on the operation of citizenship in late-modern Australia. Leigh has published work in History Australia, Australian Historical Studies, the Journal of Australian Colonial History, Postcolonial Studies, and various other journals and edited collections. Leigh is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project that investigates the relationship between gender, sexuality and citizenship in late modern Australia.