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Ms Hanna Retallack
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer (academic)
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Hanna is a Lecturer in Education and specialises in issues of feminism, gender and sexualities. After completing a PGCE in Secondary English Literature and Language at the UCL Institute of Education (2008), Hanna taught in London secondary schools for a decade including in a large comprehensive school, an academy, a hospital school, a performing arts school and a selective all girls’ school. During this time, she completed a MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck (2011). In 2014, through an engagement with a funded research project alongside Professor Jessica Ringrose (UCL) and Professor EJ Renold (Cardiff University), Hanna began setting up and facilitating feminism clubs in secondary schools which prompted her PhD study Feminism in Schools? A study of young people's engagements with feminism in six UK secondary school feminism groups. Hanna took up a Lecturer post at UCL IOE in 2019.

Research Summary

Hanna's doctoral thesis explores feminism in schools, particularly in relation to the ways that young people take up and negotiate various forms of feminist identities in their schools. She has written and published on the topic of feminism and social activisms in school, and in the area of popular representations of girls and sexuality. Hanna's research is informed by intersectional feminist politics and an interest in the production of knowledge around feminism, sexuality, race and gender.

Teaching Summary

Hanna designed and leads the MA module Feminist Approaches to Knowledge and Pedagogy, teaches on the MA module What is Education? and supervises MA students through their modules and dissertations. Hanna guest lectures on the PGCE in Sociology and Psychology on Feminism and Gender Equity in Schools and works as a personal tutor on UCL's Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree programmes. Hanna also supervises doctoral research.


18-FEB-2019 Lecturer in Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2018 Teaching Fellow MA in Sociology of Education Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2017 Teaching Fellow BA Education Studies Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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