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.

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).



Introduction : time and space in the neoliberal university
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Costa Cristina
Time and Space in the Neoliberal University (2019) (2019)
Time and Space in the Neoliberal University : Futures and Fractures in Higher Education
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Costa Cristina
Book Review: Browne, Sarah, The Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014, xi + 217pp, pb, ISBN: 978-1-5261-1665-9.
Breeze Maddie
Scottish Affairs Vol 28, pp. 116–119 (2019)
What (and who) works in widening participation? Supporting direct entrant student transitions to higher education
Breeze Maddie, Johnson Karl, Uytman Clare
Teaching in Higher Education (2018)
Futures and fractures in feminist and queer higher education : introduction
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Journal of Applied Social theory Vol 1 (2018)
Women's roller derby as a unique gendered sports context
Breeze Maddie
Critical Perspectives on Gender and Sport (2018) (2018)

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

Professional activities

Imposterism in Education: An individual problem or public feeling? (Event)
SRHE Higher Education Policy Network: Competition and Cooperation in Higher Education
Invited speaker
Getting taken seriously in the 'early career'
Getting taken seriously? Playing the game and changing the rules with sociological fiction
Invited speaker
Imposter syndrome as a public feeling in higher education
Keynote speaker
Getting taken seriously?
Keynote speaker

more professional activities