Susan Woolley - Educational Studies Faculty

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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

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
  • 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


  • Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellow, Council for Anthropology and Education
  • Exemplary Diversity Scholar Award, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), University of Michigan
  • Dissertation of the Year. Queer Studies SIG, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Honorable Mention, CAE Frederick Erickson Dissertation Award, Council for Anthropology and Education
  • AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women
  • National GLBTQ Youth Foundation Dissertation Grant


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Woolley, S. W. (in press). “Boys Over Here, Girls Over There”: A critical literacy of binary gender in schools. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.
  • Woolley, S. W. (accepted for publication). “Out gay boys? There’s, like, one point seven five”: Negotiating sexuality in superdiversity. International Journal for the Sociology of Language.
  • 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., Meiners, E.R., & Quinn, T. (in press). The Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Milieu. In M.F. He, B.D. Schultz, & W.H. Schubert (Eds.), Guide to Curriculum in Education. New York, NY: Sage Publications.
  • Woolley, S.W., & Wiley, T. (in press). Sex Segregation in Education in the United States. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 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.