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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 teach and research in the area of Feminism, Gender and Education. I lead the MA program Social Justice and Education and teach the MA modules Gender, Sexuality and Education, and Sociology of Education; and the BA module Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives. Recent research projects include: 'Documenting Digital Feminist Activism: Mapping Feminist Responses to New Media Misogyny and Rape Culture' (AHRC, with Dr Kaitlynn Mendes, University of Leicester UK and Dr Jessalynn Keller, University of Calgary, Canada) and "Adolescent girls' negotiating sexualization" (Society for Research on Adolescence, with Prof Deborah Tolman and Marisa Ragonese CUNY, New York, USA). I also research youth feminism and teen’s digital gender and sexual cultures including uses of social media. I am the co-chair of the International Gender and Education Association (GEA), and co-founder of the GEA Gender Equality Leadership in Schools (GELS) Network (with Hanna Retalkack, UCL IOE and Professor Emma Renold, Cardiff University) which links academics, teachers, students and charitable organizations to support school feminism clubs in combatting sexual harassment in and around schools.  I have acted as consultant and academic advisor for The British Council, Womankind Worldwide, Family Lives, Beat Bullying, The NSPCC, The Office of Children's Commissioner (England), The Sexualisation of Young People Review (Home Office); The Scottish Parliament Report on Sexualised Goods Aimed at Children. I am author of over 60 journal articles and book chapters, editor of 4 special issues of journals and editor/author of 4 books including: Post-Feminist Education?: Girls and the sexual politics of schooling (Routledge, 2013) and Children, Sexuality, and Sexualisation (Palgrave, 2015, edited with Emma Renold and Danielle Egan). My expertise and/or research findings have appeared in over 30 major media outlets (print, radio, TV, online) including BBC News, BBC Radio, Elle Magazine, The Times, The Times Education Supplement, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard.

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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