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Waikato Women Professors

Giselle Byrnes

Professor Sue Middleton

Role: Professor of Education 
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Department: Policy, Cultural and Social Studies in Education   


Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • History / sociology of doctoral research
  • History / sociology of Education as an academic discipline in New Zealand
  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner as New Zealand educational theorist
  • Progressive education movements, 1920s-1970s
  • Letters, literacy and labour, Wellington, early 1840s

 Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Social and political issues in New Zealand education
  • Life-history research in education
  • Education and sexuality

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Member of Dean of Education’s Executive Advisory Group, 2007 - ongoing
  • Chair of Department of Policy, Cultural and Social Studies in Education, March 2002 – July 2005
  • Assistant Dean (Graduate Studies), School of Education, July 1992 -  December 1998
  • University Post-Graduate (formerly Higher Degrees) Committee: Deputy Chair, 1999-2002; Faculty representative, 1992-1998
  • Overseas Editor, British Journal of Sociology of Education - ongoing
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Higher Education Research and Development Journal - ongoing
  • Editorial Consultant, Educational Philosophy and Theory journal - ongoing
  • Department representative, Faculty ofEducation Graduate Studies Committee - ongoing
  • Member of Statutory Body, Indecent Publications Tribunal, 1988-1993.


  • McKenzie Award for Educational Research, New Zealand Association for Research in Education, 2003
  • Fulbright- Fulbright-Hayes Travel Award (Senior Scholar), 1991
  • Visiting Fellowship, Department of Education Foundations & Policy Studies, London Institute of Education, University of London, October-December 2009
  • Distinguished Visitors' Award, Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, April 27 - May 13, 1996.
  • American Educational Studies Association ‘Critics’ Choice Award’, 1993.

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