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

Alongside my academic research, I am a UCL Teaching Fellow on both the BA Education Studies and the MA in Sociology of Education. On both of these courses, I specialise in modules related to gender, sexuality and feminism in education. I also teach part-time in a London secondary school where I facilitate a feminism group for teenagers. Alongside Professor Jessica Ringrose (UCL Institute of Education) and Professor Emma Renold (Cardiff University), I co-lead the Gender Equalities Leadership in Schools Network which brings together major stakeholders contributing to gender equality training, mentoring, leadership and activism in secondary schools across England and Wales. Alongside this work, I deliver workshops related to feminism and education in schools and community spaces.

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 feminism 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 normalisation of sexual abuse of girls in schools in which teachers and students are said 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 people's engagement with the politics of gender and sexuality. Empirically, the research is an examination of feminism groups across six diverse school settings in England, and the associated activist projects in which members of these groups participate. Can we interpret feminism 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? This project also explores feminism groups in boys' schools and engages with the ways that feminism is negotiated through dominant modes of masculinity in these schools. 

Teaching Summary

Teaching Fellow 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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