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Dr Maddie Breeze

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the School of Education at Strathclyde as Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in September 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 investigating young people's participation in Scottish independence politics. My PhD (Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2014) explored the gender and organizational dynamics of roller derby as a unique women's sports practice and developed a sociological analysis of seriousness as a way to further understanding the mid-ranges of agency and social change in institutions. I published this research in a 2015 monograph with Palgrave Macmillan, which was awarded the 2016 British Sociological Association Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best first sole-authored book in sociology.

Currently I am interested in the emotional and affective dimensions of intersectional inequalities in higher education, among both students and academic workers, and particularly in how stratification and exclusion in educational contexts is reproduced and can be challenged. I am approaching this problem in investigations of, for instance, 'imposter syndrome' as a public feeling in higher education.

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the BA in Primary Education (Social Issues in Education, Understanding Education in the 21st Centuary, Placement and Curriculum) and the PGDE (Educational Policy and Practice).

I'm available to supervise PhD 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, with Prof Yvette Taylor, the Feminist Research Network Seminar Series.


Feminist collaborations in higher education : stretched across career stages
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Gender and Education, (2018)
Women's roller derby as a unique gendered sports context
Breeze Maddie
Critical Perspectives on Gender and SportSport and Society Series, (2018)
Imposter syndrome as a public feeling
Breeze Maddie
Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal UniversityFeeling Academic in the Neoliberal University, (2017)
Power, knowledge and feminist scholarship: An ethnography of academia, M. do Mar Pereira, Routledge, London (2017), (228 pp., ISBN978113)
Breeze Maddie
Women's Studies International Forum, (2017)
Feeling academic : imposter syndrome
Breeze Maddie
Feminist and Women Studies Association Conference 2017, (2017)
Becoming independent : political participation and youth transitions in the Scottish Referendum
Breeze Maddie, Gorringe Hugo, Jamieson Lynn, Rosie Michael
British Journal of Sociology, (2017)

more publications

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