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Maddie Breeze


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Research Interests

Gender, sexuality, feminist and queer theory

Sociology of emotions, feeling, and affect

Sociology of education, sociology of knowledge

Youth Studies, political participation, citizenship, social change

Ethnographic methods, participatory and creative methods

Personal Statement

I joined the School of Education as Chancellor's Fellow in 2017. I have previously worked as a Lecturer in Public Sociology at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and as a researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. My book Seriousness in Women's Roller Derby: Gender, Organisation, and Ambivalence (2015, Palgrave) was awarded the 2016 British Sociological Association Philip Abram's Memorial Prize for the best first sole authored book in sociology, and shortlisted for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual prize in 2016.

I am interested in intersectional inequalities in higher education, among both students and academic workers, and particularly in how stratification and exclusion is reproduced and can be challenged. I research and publish in this area, for instance in investigations of imposter syndrome as a public feeling, queer feminist education, feminist collaborations across academic career stages, and widening participation programmes.

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Education and in Humanities and Social Science, including the BA in Primary Education, and the MSc Applied Gender Studies. I currently supervise PhDs and EdDs broadly investigating gender and sexuality in educational contexts, including young people's experiences of heteronormativity in schools, and trans educational inclusions.

I'm available to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects on topics related to my interests, and especially those which use sociological theory and qualitative, ethnographic, participatory methods to investigate educational ineqaulities, particularly at the intersections of gender and sexuality.

I coordinate Feminist Research Network Seminar Series (with Prof Yvette Taylor and Dr Laura Lovin) the university-wide Gender research theme, and the BSA Gender Study Group.



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

External positions

Coordinator, British Sociological Association Gender Study Group

Nov 2018 → …

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Research Output 2009 2019

women's liberation
liberation movement
book review
political movement
oral history

Introduction: time and space in the neoliberal university

Breeze, M., Taylor, Y. & Costa, C., 3 Jul 2019, Time and Space in the Neoliberal University: Futures and Fractures in Higher Education. Breeze, M., Taylor, Y. & Costa, C. (eds.). London, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



Philip Abram's Memorial Prize 2016 British Sociological Association

Maddie Breeze (Recipient), Apr 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

university teacher

Activities 2016 2019

Imposterism in Education: An individual problem or public feeling? (Event)

Michelle Addison (Member), Yvette Taylor (Member), Maddie Breeze (Member)
9 Nov 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

SRHE Higher Education Policy Network: Competition and Cooperation in Higher Education

Maddie Breeze (Invited speaker)
22 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course