Shauna Pomerantz

Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor

Shauna Pomerantz

Office: CRN 331
905-688-5550 x5371
shauna.pomerantz@brocku.ca

Drawing from posthuman, new material feminist, poststructural, and postmodern theories, my research sits at the crossroads of sociology and cultural studies, with a particular focus on girlhood studies. I am interested in the discursive-material-historical contexts within which young people negotiate their identities, including how young people use cultural texts, embodiment, language, and stories to make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them. Engaging qualitative data gathering techniques, such as ethnography, interviewing, and focus groups, I focus mainly on young people in the formal and informal spaces of the school. My books include Girl Power: Girls Reinventing Girlhood, a study of girls’ expressions of empowerment and understandings of feminism, and Girls, Style, and School Identities: Dressing the Part, an ethnographic study of how girls use style to make themselves intelligible in an urban, multicultural high school in Vancouver. My recent book project with Rebecca Raby is Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism, which focuses on girls’ negotiations of academic success set against the backdrop of post-feminist and neoliberal contexts. I teach in the areas of socio-cultural theory, sociology of childhood and youth, popular culture, social justice, and qualitative research methodologies. When not working, I like to listen to indie rock, catch up on smart television shows, get some exercise, and hang out with my family.

  • Sociology of Education
  • Girls’ Studies
  • Youth Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Moral Panic
  • Media Analyses
  • Post/Feminisms
  • Identity/Subjectivity
  • Postmodern
  • Poststructural, and Postcolonial Theories
  • Social Justice
  • Critical Pegagodies
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies

Books

  • Pomerantz, Shauna and Raby, Rebecca. (2017). Smart girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
  • Currie, Dawn, H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2009). ‘Girl power’: Girls reinventing girlhood. New York: Peter Lang. [Awarded an American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Award]
  • Pomerantz, Shauna. (2008). Girls, style, and school identities: Dressing the part. New York: Palgrave.

Book chapters

  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna. (Submitted, 2016). Dress codes as gender politics: Feminist action in Canadian high schools. In Xiaobei Chen, Rebecca Raby, and Patricia Albanese (Eds.), The Sociology of Childhood and Youth Studies in Canada: Categories, Inequalities, Engagement. Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2016). Landscapes of academic success: Girls, location, and the importance of school culture. In Claudia Mitchell & Carrie Rentschler (Eds.), Girlhood studies and the politics of place: Contemporary paradigms for research (68-86). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca. (2015). The post-nerd: Reading smart girls in post-feminist popular culture. In Clare Bradford & Mavis Reimer (Eds.), Girls, Texts, Cultures (287-312). Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.
  • Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre M., & Pomerantz, Shauna (2011). Skater girlhood: Resignifying femininity, resignifying feminism. In Christina Scharff & Rosalind Gill (Eds.), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity (293-305). London: Palgrave.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna. (2008). Style and girl culture. In Claudia Mitchell & Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Girl culture: An encyclopedia, Volume 1 (64-72 [5500 words; essay section]). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Kelly, Deirdre, M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2007). “You can break so many more rules:” The identity play and work of becoming girl skaters. In Michele Donnelly & Michael Giardina (Eds.), Youth cultures & sport: Identity, power, and politics (113-126). New York: Routledge.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna. (2006). “Did you see what she was wearing?” The power and politics of schoolgirl style. In Yasmin Jiwani, Candis Steenbergen, & Claudia Mitchell (Eds), Girlhood: Redefining the limits (173-190). Montreal, PQ: Black Rose Books.

Academic Articles

  • Bablak, Larissa, Raby, Rebecca, & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2016). “I don’t want to stereotype, but it’s true”: Maintaining whiteness at the centre through the ‘smart Asian’ stereotype in high school, Whiteness & Education, 1(1), 54-68.
  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2015). Playing it down/playing it up: Girls strategic negotiations of academic success. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(4), 507-525 [lead article].
  • Pomerantz, Shauna, Raby, Rebecca & Stefanik, Andrea (2013). Girls run the world? Caught between sexism and postfeminism in the school. Gender & Society, 27 (2), 185-207.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca. (2011). “Oh, she’s so smart”: Girls’ complex engagements with post/feminist narratives of academic success. Gender and Education, 23 (5), 549-564.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna. (2009). Between a rock and a hard place: Un/defining the “girl.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 1(2), 147-158.
  • Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna (2009). Mean, wild, and alienated: Girls and the state of feminism in popular culture. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2(1), 1-17.
    Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). Cleavage in a tank top: Bodily prohibition and the discourses of school dress codes. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 53(4), 373-386.
  • Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). Listening to girls: Discursive positioning and the construction of self. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(5), 377-400.
  • Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). “The power to squash people”: Understanding girls’ relational aggression. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 28(1), 23-37.
  • Kelly, Deirdre M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2006). “No Boundaries?” Girls’ Interactive, Online Learning about Femininities. Youth and Society, 38(1), 3-28.
  • Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2006). “The geeks shall inherit the earth”: Girls’ agency, subjectivity and empowerment. Journal of Youth Studies, 9(4), 419-436.
  • Kelly, Deirdre M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2005). Skater girlhood and emphasized femininity: “You can’t land an ollie properly in heels!” Gender and Education, 17(3), 229-249.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna, Currie, Dawn H. & Kelly, Deirdre M. (2004). Sk8er girls: Skateboarding, girlhood, and feminism on the move. Women’s Studies International Forum, 27(5-6), 547-557.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna (2016). Invited keynote address. She’s so unusual: Cyndi Lauper, Post-Feminism, and the spacetimemattering of girlhood. Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Conference, Western University, April 28, 2016.
  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2016). Dress Codes as gender politics: Feminist action in Canadian high schools. Paper accepted for presentation at the Moving Forward Conference, Western University, Canada, April 23-25, 2016. [Peer reviewed].
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2016). Girls Intra-Active: The Spacetimemattering of Smart Girlhood. Paper presented at the International Girlhood Studies Association. University of East Anglia, UK, April 7-9, 2016. [Peer reviewed]
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2015). Smart girlhood as feminist stance? Pariah and alternative femininities in the school. Paper presented at Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association. University of Roehampton, UK, June 24-26, 2015. [Peer reviewed]
  • Pomerantz, Shauna and Raby, Rebecca (2014). Smart Girls: Surviving Academic Success in the Girl Power Era. Paper given at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, May 25-28th.
  • Bablak, Larissa, Raby, Rebecca, and Pomerantz, Shauna (2014). “I don’t want to stereotype, but it’s true”: Maintaining whiteness at the centre through the ‘smart Asian’ stereotype in high school. Paper given at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, May 25-28th.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2013). Looking pretty/being smart: Girls’ embodiment of academic success in the school. Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association, November 7-9. Cincinnati, USA.
  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2013). “Complicating the centre: Negotiating academic success in Niagara Region high schools” for the Sociology of Childhood Days conference, “Childhood and Diversity – Multiple Childhoods?, June 2013, Halifax.
  • Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2012). Landscapes of academic success: Girls, school culture, and the importance of location. Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research Symposium, October 10-12. McGill University, Montreal, Canada. [Invited]
  • Raby, Rebecca, Pomerantz, Shauna & Stefanik, Andrea (2012). Playing it up or playing it down: The pleasures and hazards of being a smart girl in high school. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. May 25-29th.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna, Raby, Rebecca & Stefanik, Andrea (2012). Girls run the world? Caught between sexism and post-feminism in the school. Paper presented at the American Education Researcher Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 14.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2011). The new (post) nerd: Smart girls, post-feminism, and popular culture. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, June 1, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2010). The new nerd: Girls re-signifying academic success. Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals Conference, SUNY, Cortland, USA.
  • Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2010). Smart girls: Negotiating academic identities in a “post-feminist” era. American Educational Research Association, April 30-May 4, Denver, Colorado, USA.