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Prof Jessica Ringrose
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Professor of the Sociology of Gender and Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am head of the Sociology Section in Department of Education, Practice and Society, and co-direct the UCL Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity centre-for-sociology-of-education-and-equity (with Professor Louise Archer). I lead the MA module Gender, Sexuality and Education, and contribute to the UCL Gender and Sexuality Studies Program https://www.ucl.ac.uk/gender-studies

My external service to the academic community includes co-chairing (with Vanita Sundaram, University of York) of the International Gender and Education Association and co-coordinating PhEmaterialism  (Feminist Posthuman and New Materialism Educational Research Network) (with Jayne Osgood, Middlesex University). I have sat on multiple editorial boards of journals including Feminist Media Studies, Women's Studies International Forum, Feminist Theory, Gender and Education, Journal of Gender Studies, Feminism and Psychology

My current research is exploring Feminism and LGBTQ Activism in Secondary Schools (with Professor Emma Renold and Dr. Sara Bragg);  Digital Feminist Activism and transforming masculinities in an age of #MeToo (with Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes); and Gender, Embodiment and Advertising (with Dr. Kaitlyn Regehr).

My impact profile includes public engagement as consultant and expert advisor for The UK Government Equality Office; The Mayor of London; Stonewall; The British Council, Womankind Worldwide, The UK Youth Select Committee into Body Image; The NSPCC, The Office of Children's Commissioner (England), The Sexualisation of Young People Review (Home Office) and more. My expertise and/or research findings are regularly drawn upon in major media outlets (print, radio, TV, online) including BBC News, BBC Radio, The Times, TThe Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard.

 I am author of over 80 journal articles and book chapters, editor of 4 special issues of journals and editor/author of 6 books including: 

Post-Feminist Education?: Girls and the sexual politics of schooling (Routledge, 2013) 

Children, Sexuality, and Sexualisation (Palgrave, 2015, edited with Emma Renold and Danielle Egan). 

Feminist Posthumanisms, New Materialisms and Education (Routledge, 2018 edited with Katie Warfield and Shiva Zarabadi).

 Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight back against Rape Culture (Oxford University Press, 2019, authored with Kaitlynn Mendes and Jessalynn Keller).

Research Themes
Research Summary

  • Adolescence
  • Gender inequalities in education
  • Girlhood
  • Feminism in Education (and schools)
  • Feminist Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Affect theory and Method
  • Youth and Social Media (sexting, selfies and gender)
  • School policies and curriculum on sex and gender (including bullying and sex education) 
  • Sexualisation of young people

Teaching Summary

I teach in the areas of social justice, gender, sexuality and feminist qualitative research and making a social impact with your research. 

Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives

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