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  • Curriculum
  • Digital scholarship and archival research in the social sciences
  • Educational reform
  • Equity and difference
  • Feminism
  • History and sociology of education
  • Qualitative longitudinal research
  • Socio-cultural studies of schooling, identity and social change
  • Theoretical and empirical studies of gender and youth



  • Julie McLeod is a Professor in the area of Curriculum, Equity and Social Change at  the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012-2016), is Deputy Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute ( and an editor of the international journal Gender and Education . She has previously been an Assistant Dean (Research Training) and has taught widely across programs in gender studies, sociology of education and qualitative research methods.

    Her research in the history and sociology of education encompasses curriculum, youth, gender and feminist studies. Current research projects include a genealogy of adolescence and citizenship education (Educating the Australian Adolescent:; a history of school design and pedagogical innovation (both ARC funded); and her ARC Fellowship project is ‘Youth identity and educational change in Australia since 1950: digital archiving, re-using qualitative data and histories of the present’. This project comprises two research strands: an historical study of social science research on youth and educational inequality, and a multi-site qualitative, longitudinal ‘born digital’ study of young people in the senior years of secondary schooling and into the world beyond, called Making Futures.

    Her books include: Researching Social Change: Qualitative Approaches , Sage 2009 (with Rachel Thomson); Troubling Gender and Education , RoutledgeFalmer 2009 (ed. with J. Dillabough and M. Mills); Making Modern Lives: Subjectivity Schooling and Social Change , State University of New York Press, 1996 (with Lyn Yates); Rethinking Youth Wellbeing: Critical Perspectives (ed with K.Wright, Springer 2015) and The Promise of the New: Genealogies of Educatio   


Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society. Member 2012 -
  • International Standing Committee on the History of Education. Member 2012 -
  • Gender and Education Association. Member 2002 -
  • American Education Research Association. Member 1998 -
  • Australian Association for Research in Education. Member 1995 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Previous funded projects include a cross-generational study of economically and culturally marginalised young women and education (Australian Research Council); an international comparative study based in Melbourne, Vancouver and London of urban youth, citizenship, schooling and inequality (Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council ; and a qualitative longitudinal study of young people and secondary schooling (Australian Research Council).   


Education and training

  • PHD, La Trobe University 1996
  • M.Ed, La Trobe University 1987
  • Dip Ed, University of Melbourne 1982
  • B.A (hons), University of Melbourne 1981


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Julie is interested to work with graduate students in the sociology and history of education; gender and education; inequalities; curriculum history;  genealogies of education and reform movements; youth studies; subjectivity and schooling; qualitative longitudinal research;

    She currently supervises graduate students undertaking the following projects:

    ‘From developing child to competent learner: A history of the kindergarten child in Aotearoa New Zealand’

    ‘Uncomfortable histories: educating for citizenship and social values through difficult history in Australian museums’

    ‘”Racing 'The Gap”’: A Genealogical Investigation of Indigenous Education Policy Discourse and its Political Effects’.

    ‘Young children's perceptions of bullying and the relationship to gender’

    ‘Curriculum and pedagogy innovation on higher education: An oral memory approach’

    ‘Inclusive Education: A critical examination of a program of reform in postcolonial India’

    ‘Style and Purpose: Youth and subjective experience in an Australian urban subculture'

    ‘Assembling the VCE Student: Young people making a life through senior school curriculum’

    ‘Teaching “Ethical Understanding” in the Australian Curriculum’