Dr Maddie Breeze

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


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, as a researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Lisbon. 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. My second book Feminist Repetitions in Higher Education: Interrupting Career Categories is co-authored with Prof Yvette Taylor and was published in 2020.

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 the university-wide Gender research theme and the BSA Gender Study Group.

I previously coordinated the ongoing Feminist Research Network Seminar Series (with Prof Yvette Taylor).



Educational outcomes of political participation? Young first-time voters three years after the Scottish Independence Referendum
Breeze Maddie, Gorringe Hugo, Jamieson Lynn, Rosie Michael
Journal of Youth Studies (2021)
Introduction : situating imposter syndrome in higher education
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Addison Michelle
The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education (2021) (2021)
The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education
Addison Michelle, Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Imposter agony aunts : ambivalent feminist advice
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Addison Michelle
Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education (2021) (2021)
Feminist Repetitions in Higher Education : Interrupting Career Categories
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Gender and Education Gender and Education (2020)
Higher education : ongoing contestations and ambivalent feminist investments
Breeze Maddie
Gender and Education Vol 32, pp. 839-842 (2020)

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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

Professional activities

Gender Subtheme Writing Retreat June 2021
Imposter agony aunts: A workshop on academic imposter syndrome.
Imposter agony aunts: From Public Feelings to Feminist Pedagogy?
Imposter Syndrome in HE: Public Feelings and Agony Aunts
Invited speaker
Book Launch: Feminist Repetitions in Higher Education
Covid Conversations: Imagining New Futures in Scotland
Invited speaker

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Queer Cares in Crisis: LGBT+ Carers in Higher Education
Breeze, Maddie (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
Research project exploring the experiences of LGBT+ academics with caring responsibilities during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
06-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2021

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