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Appointment
  • Teaching Fellow on the BA Education Studies
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Alongside my academic research, I am a UCL Teaching Fellow (I lecture on the BA module Gender, Sexuality and Feminism in Everyday Life and teach on the MA module Gender, Sexuality and Education) and teach part-time in a secondary school where I run a feminism group for teenagers. I also deliver feminist workshops in schools and community spaces. I co-lead (with Professor Jessica Ringrose and Professor Emma Renold) the Gender Equalities Leadership in Schools (GELS) Network, which brings together major stakeholders contributing to gender equality training, mentoring, leadership and activism in secondary schools across England and Wales.

Research Summary

Young people’s identification with feminism in the forms of online and offline activism is on the rise. My PhD research is focused on this ‘fourth wave’ of feminists who are engaging with feminisms through social media sites and starting up feminist clubs and societies within their schools in order to discuss and tackle everyday sexism. In light of the Women and Equalities’ Committee 2016 report into the normalization of sexual abuse of girls in schools in which teachers and students are described to ‘condone sexual harassment’, this study explores the ways in which this culture is actively challenged within schools. It critically engages with contrasting theorisations of the current resurgence in young peoples’ engagement with the politics of gender and sexuality. Empirically, the research is an examination of feminism groups in schools, and associated activist projects in which members of these groups participate. Can we interpret feminist groups in schools as new and productive forms of activism? And/or do these sites replicate the regulation of young women via consumerist media culture and narrow visions of equity as success in the job market?



Teaching Summary
Lecturer and Seminar Tutor on BA module Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Life (UCL Institute of Education)

Teaching Fellow on MA module Gender, Sexuality and Education (UCL Institute of Education)
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