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Susan Woolley

Susan Woolley

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Educational Studies, 12 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7075


BA, Anthropology -- Wesleyan University
MA, Education in Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture -- University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Education, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality -- University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor. Educational Studies and LGBTQ Studies. Colgate University. 2013-present 

Lecturer. Urban Education. University of California, Santa Cruz. 2013

Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley. 2006-2012

Undergraduate courses taught:
  • The American School
  • Queering Education
  • The Teaching of Reading
  • Research Methods in Educational Studies
  • Democratic Education
  • Urban Education
  • Literacy: Individual and Societal Development
  • Queer Bonds in American Culture
  • Alternative Sexualities and Queer Studies
  • Sexuality, Culture, and Colonialism
Graduate courses taught:
  • Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems


    Spencer Small Research Grant. Spencer Foundation (2016)

    Picker Research Fellowship. Research Council, Colgate University (2016)

    Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellow. Council for Anthropology and Education, AAA (2014-2015)

    Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award. LGBTQ Initiatives, Colgate University (2014)

    Exemplary Diversity Scholar Award. National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan (2012)

    Dissertation of the Year. Queer Studies SIG, American Educational Research Association (2013)

    Honorable Mention, Frederick Erickson Dissertation Award. Council for Anthropology and Education, AAA (2013)

    AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship. American Association of University Women (2010-2011)

    National GLBTQ Youth Foundation Dissertation Grant (2011)


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Woolley, S. W. (2016). Contesting silence, claiming space: gender and sexuality in the neo-liberal public high school. Gender and Education, Special Issue on Neoliberalism, Gender, and Education Work. pp. 1-16. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2016.1197384
  • Woolley, S. W. (2016). “Out gay boys? There’s, like, one point seven five”: Negotiating sexuality in superdiversity. International Journal for the Sociology of Language, 2016(241): 39-68. DOI:10.1515/ijsl-2016-0022
  • Woolley, S. W. (2015). “Boys Over Here, Girls Over There”: A critical literacy of binary gender in schools. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 2(3): 376-394. DOI:10.1215/23289252-2926369
  • Woolley, S.W. (2013). Speech that silences, silences that speak: "That's so gay," "That's so ghetto," and "safe space" in High School. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 2(2), 292-318. DOI:10.1075/jls2.205woo
  • Woolley, S.W. (2012). "The Silence Itself is Enough of a Statement": The Day of Silence and LGBTQ Awareness-Raising. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 43(3), 327-344. DOI:10.1111/j.1548-1492.2012.01180.x

Book Chapters

  • Woolley, S.W., & Wiley, T. (2016). Sex Segregation and Education in the United States. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. 9 pages. DOI:10.1002/9781118663219 
  • Woolley, S.W., Meiners, E.R., & Quinn, T. (2015). The Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Milieu. In M.F. He, B.D. Schultz, & W.H. Schubert (Eds.), Guide to Curriculum in Education, pp. 351-358. New York, NY: Sage Publications. DOI: 
  • Woolley, S.W. (2014). LGBTQ Student Agendas: Voice, Dialogue, and Visibility. In G. Walton (Ed.), The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Woolley, S.W. (2014). (Im)perceptible Silences: Hearing LGBTQ Silences and Voices in School. In E.J. Meyer & D.L. Carlson (Eds.), Gender and Sexuality in Education: A Reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Baquedano-Lopez, P., & Woolley, S.W. (2012). Language Socialization. In J. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Identity and Difference: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in High School Contexts.