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Starting with Gender in International Higher Education Research

Conceptual Debates and Methodological Considerations, 1st Edition

Edited by Emily F. Henderson, Z Nicolazzo


252 pages

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Bridging a gap between higher education research and women’s and gender studies, this volume explores the conceptual underpinnings and methodological implications involved in researching different concepts commonly associated with gender, including queer, trans*, women, men, feminisms, intersectionality, alongside discussions about the term gender itself. Drawing on a range of empirical experiences and methodological frameworks, chapter authors consider the ethical, political, theoretical, and practical questions that arise when conducting gender-related research in college and university contexts. This book is a foundation for understanding the complexities of gender, as well as a site for envisioning new futures for educators and researchers in this emerging global discipline.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Starting with Concepts: A (Re)Introduction

Z Nicolazzo; Emily F. Henderson


1. Starting with Gender: Definitional Politics in International Higher Education Research

Emily F. Henderson


2. Starting with Feminisms: Asking Feminist Questions, Enacting Feminist Praxis in Higher Education

Susan B. Marine


3. Starting with Women: In the Same Boat? Academic Women and Academic Womanhood in Higher Education Research

Katja Jönsas


4. Starting with Men: Emancipatory Possibilities for Higher Education Praxis

Rachel Wagner; Chase Catalano; Dan Tillapaugh


5. Starting with Sexuality: Conceptualizing (Mis)translations of Sexualities and Genders as Willful Strategies of Organizational Survival at a Mexican University

Andrés Castro Samayoa


6. Starting with LGB(T): Methodological Considerations in Quantitative Gender and Sexual Identity Research in Higher Education

Michael Woodford; Jessica Joslin; Zack Marshall


7. Starting with Queer: An Enigmatic Concept for Higher Education Research and Practice

James Burford; Louisa Allen


8. Starting with Trans*: The Effects of Methodological Violence Through Gender Categorization in Higher Education Research

Z Nicolazzo


9. Starting with Community/ies?: Intentional Beginnings as Sites for Trans*Formative Higher Education Praxis

S. L. Simmons; T.J. Jourian


10. Starting with Sexual Harassment: Gender Politics in the Contemporary Indian University

Madhumeeta Sinha


11. Starting with Mother: Contesting the Gendered Binaries of Care Operating in Higher Education

Genine Hook


12. Starting with Intersectionality: Entanglements of Gender, Race, and Class in Student Experiences of Higher Education

Talita M. L. Calitz


Chapter 13: Continuing with Concepts: Categorical Imaginings and Possibilities for Reinvention

Mary Lou Rasmussen

About the Editors

Emily F. Henderson is Assistant Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Warwick, UK.

Z Nicolazzo is Assistant Professor of Trans* Studies in Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Wayne Martino (, Emma Renold ( and Elsbeth Wright (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects