Claire Maxwell


Co-Chair, Gender and Education Association Executive


Claire Maxwell is a reader in sociology of education, at UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

She teaches sociology of education with a focus on class, gender and sexualities, as well as qualitative research methods and approaches to researching the lives of children and young people.  She has undertaken policy-relevant research on sexualities, sexual health and sex education in England and parts of Africa, as well as more in-depth qualitative and theoretical work examining young women’s sexual and intimate relationships and how the intersection of privilege, agency and affect shapes these experiences.

Her recent work, together with Peter Aggleton, has focused on the lives of young women being privately educated in England.  Recent publications include work on agentic practices of privileged young women published in Sociology 46(2), International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 26(7), The Sociological Review 62(4); an edited collection published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan – Agency, Affect & Privilege; work on elite education, see Elite Education: International Perspectives, published by Routledge in 2015, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 28(9), International Studies in Sociology of Education 24(2), British Journal of Sociology of Education 36(1); and discussions of how to theorise doing gender and sexual violence prevention work in schools – see chapters in N. Henry & A. Powell (eds) Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (2014) and J. Ellis & R. Thiara (eds) Working with Children and Young People to Address Violence Against Women and Girls: Lessons for Policy and Practice (2014).