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Maddie Breeze

I joined QMU as a Lecturer in Public Sociology in January 2016, before that I worked
as a teaching assistant, research associate, and lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Here I investigated questions of the sustainability of young ‘Yes’ voters’ political enthusiasm after the 2014 Independence Referendum, in collaboration with colleagues in the Academy of Government and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Prior to this I was awarded an ERC post-doctorial fellowship on the project TRANSRIGHTS: Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe: Transgender lives from a transnational perspective hosted at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa.

Maddie was awarded her PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and a monographed based on the thesis, Seriousness in Women’s Roller Derby (2015, Palgrave) was awarded the 2016 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize by the British Sociological Association.

  • Sociology of gender and sexuality, feminist sociology, queer theory.
  • Qualitative research methods, ethnography, auto-ethnography, creative methods, participatory methods.
  • Knowledge production, sociology of knowledge, sociology of education, labour and ‘diversity’ in higher education, sociology of emotion.
  • Political participation, citizenship, youth studies, social change, social justice.
  • Agency problems in social science.
  • Seriousness.

At Queen Margaret I developed the new fourth year Public Sociology option module Sport and Social Justice in 2016, and have taught on first year (Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing) and third year (Research Methods: Theory and Practice) modules in Sociology.

More broadly I have taught qualitative research methods training at advanced PG levels as well as across UG levels, at the University of Edinburgh. This latter included video-blogging the Y3 module ‘Designing and Doing Social Research’. I have designed and delivered units of lectures on ‘Deviance’ (UoE, Y1), modules on ‘Gender in Society’ (University of the West of Scotland, Y3), and units on ‘Gender and Sport’ (San José State University, access programme). I have guest lectured on ‘Contemporary Feminist Debates’ (UoE, Y4), ‘Youth Culture, Media & Society’ (Y3-4), ‘Sport in Social Context’, ‘Sociology of Sport’, and ‘Sport Media & Society’ (all Moray House School of Education, Y1-Y4). I have previously designed and delivered study skills teaching for Sociology Fundamentals (UoE, Y1) and worked as a lecturer on the Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools from 2013-2015.

2016 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best solo-authored first Sociology monograph, awarded for Seriousness in Women’s Roller Derby

2014 European Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, TRANSRIGHTS Grant number: 615594

2009-2013 Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 award for MSc and PhD Sociology. Grant number: ES/H012567/1.

2010 Development Trust Small Projects Grant, University of Edinburgh. Joint recipient with the Researching Feminist Futures conference organizing team.

2008 Collin Bell Prize for Sociology


Psychology and Sociology