Professor Jessica Ringrose

    • BA, MA, PhD
    • Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education
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    • I have been teaching and researching on gender and educational issues in Canada and the UK for 15 years. My current research explores young people's digital sexual cultures, including issues of 'sexting' and cyberbullying. I am also interested in postfeminist educational discourses and panics over girlhood, including anxieties over feminine 'success' (achievement) and 'aggression'. Theoretically and methodologically my research and teaching draws upon poststructural and psychosocial (including psychoanalytic, Deleuzian and materialist feminist) approaches to understanding subjectivity and affect. I have done a range of consultancy work on gender equality in schools, advising on issues like child 'sexualisation', sexual violence, and body image, including acting as advisor for the Home Office 'Sexualisation of young people review' (2010) and the Coalition Government Equalities Office 'Campaign for Body Confidence', and leading the recent NSPCC project 'A qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting' (2012). My PhD (York University, Toronto, 2004) explored defensiveness in learning in the context of anti-racist, feminist pedagogies in undergraduate Women's Studies. Throughout my work I adopt an 'intersectional' approach to explore the complexities and contradictions of racialized, classed, gendered and sexualized subjectivities.
      Media appearances:
      'Whatever Happened to the Sisterhood? BBC Radio 4 Analysis (interviewed) 10 Oct 2010
      'Feminism on the curriculum', BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Aired August 12, 2008 (Interviewed)
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