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Julia Hall, PhD

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Interim IRB Director, Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy

Certified Graduate Member, Educational Leadership (Academic Department)

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Education & Training

Research Interests

In her research, Dr. Hall focuses on school and community concerns confronting youth and families who have been economically and/or racially marginalized. Her data collection methods are ethnography and policy analysis. Her books include the full-scale ethnography Canal Town Youth: Community Organization and the Development of Adolescent Identity (SUNY Press); and the volumes, Female Students & Cultures of Violence in Cities (Routledge); Underprivileged School Children & the Assault on Dignity: Policy Challenges and Resistance (Routledge); and Children’s Human Rights & Public Schools in the United States (Sense).

Dr. Hall recently signed a multi-year contract with Routledge to create and edit her own book series. This series, which she titled Critical Ethnographic Research in Education, is grounded in explorations of the political economy and politics of education.

She is additionally under contract with Routledge for an ethnography to be published in 2020. This project is driven by her concern over policy formation and broader cultural messages about gender and racialization. Here she seeks to understand how culturally diverse, working-class, grade 8-12 female students construct a sense of the future inside contemporary economic relations. Her goal is to help schools expand on their public promise to provide supportive, stabilizing, and intellectually rigorous environments for all.

Her other scholarly output involves 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and national conference presentation. She sits on the editorial advisory board for the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) and is a peer-review editor for several other journals.

Dr. Hall has been awarded the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Chapter Scholar of the Year Award in 2005. Her books have won the national American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Book Award in 2013 and 2016. In 2016 she was awarded the Faculty Research Award by the college. She is also a graduate of the WNY Higher Education Leadership Institute.

She regularly accepts invitations to speak on her work.

Dr. Hall is deeply engaged in service to her community. She started and continues to run a college scholarship program for low-income, underrepresented youth in Buffalo. She has raised over $6 million in this endeavor.


Hall, J. (2018-2021). Critical ethnographic research in education. Book series creator and editor.  New York: Routledge.

Hall, J. (2020). Female students and the future: An ethnographic investigation into race and class. New York: Routledge. (working title)

Hall, J. (2018).Female teen dreams & productive relations in a rust belt city, USA Invited Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Critical Education, University of London, UK.

Hall, J. (Ed.). (2016). Female students & cultures of violence in cities. New York: Routledge. *Winner of the AESA Critics’ Book Choice Award for 2016.

Hall, J. (Ed.). (2014). Underprivileged school children & the assault on dignity: Policy challenges and resistance. New York: Routledge. (Foreword by Dennis Carlson)

Hall, J. (2013). The control of food among schoolchildren who have been racially and economically marginalized across the cityscape. Journal of Education Policy, 29(6).

Hall, J. (Ed.). (2013). Children’s human rights & public schools in the United States. New York: Sense Publishers. (Foreword by Christine Sleeter). *Winner of the AESA Critics’ Book Choice Award for 2013

Hall, J. (2012). Water is a right: A critique of curricular materials and learning experiences in schools sponsored by the transnational water utility service industry. The Journal of Critical Education, 3 (2), 12-35.

Hall, J. (2009). Review of A. Jones, Men of the global South: A reader. Men Masculinities, 28(4), 122-124.

Sabo, D. & Hall, J. (2009). Gender and psychosocial adaptation after a health crisis: A relational analysis. In A. Broom P. Tovey (Eds.). Men’s Health: Body. Identity, and Social Context. Wiley Sons: New York.

Hall, J. (2009). It hurts to be a girl: Growing up poor, white, and female. In Kathleen Ferraro (Ed.). Women’s lives. Allyn Bacon: New York.

Hall, J. (2008). Review of M. Cole, Marxism and educational theory: Origins and issues. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies.London: Routledge.

Fine, M., Weis, L. Addelston, J., & Hall, J. (2007). In-secure times: Constructing white working-class masculinities in the late 20th century. In M. Messner (Ed.). Men’s lives. New York: Prentice Hall.

Sabo, D., Hall, J., & Fix, G. (2006). Denial and men’s lives after a health crisis: Race, class, and gender. Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men, 12(2).

Porfilio, B. & Hall, J. (2005). ‘Power city’ politics and the building of a total corporate school. The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 3 (1).

Hall, J. (2005). Canal town girls. In E. Brown K. Saltman (Eds.). The critical middle school reader. New York: Routledge.

Weis, L., Fine, M., Proweller, A., Bertram, C., & Hall, J. (2005). “I’ve slept in clothes long enough:” Excavating the sounds of domestic violence among women in the white working class. In N. Sokoloff (Ed.). Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender Culture. New York: Rutgers University Press.

Weis, L., Fine, M., Addelston, J., & Hall, J. (2004). Puerto Rican urban youth narrate their lives. In M. Kimmel M. Messner (Eds.). Men’s lives. New York: Allyn Bacon.

Hall, J. (2004). Learning to be violent: White poor boys and domestic violence. Anthropology Education Quarterly, 17 (6), 124-139.

Hall, J. (2003). Singing off key: A racial critique of elementary school songbooks. Urban Education, 35 (2), 221-231.

Hall, J. & Weis, L. (2003). Where the girls (and women) are. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28 (5), 731-755.

Hall, J. (2002). Review of Lorraine Delia Kenny, Daughters of suburbia: Growing up white, middle class, and female. Gender Society, 16 (2), 265-267.

Weis, L. & Hall, J. (2001). “I had a lot of Black friends growing up that my father didn’t know about:” An exploration of white poor and working class female racism. Journal of Gender Studies, 10 (1), 43-66.

Hall, J. (2000). It hurts to be a girl: Growing up poor, white, and female. Gender Society, 14 (4), 630-644.

Hall, J. (2000). An analysis of classroom multiculturalism. Multicultural Education, 19, 23-42.

Hall, J. (1999). Review of John Devine, Maximum security: The culture of violence in inner-city schools. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 10 (3), 158-161.

Weis, L., Hall, J., & Fine, M. (1998). Out of the cupboard: Kids, domestic violence, and schools. British Journal of the Sociology of Education, 19 (1), 53-73.

Hall, J. (1997). White working class males and the possibilities of collective anger: Patrolling Riley Road. Urban Review, 29 (2), 97-112.

Hall, J. (1997). Classroom multiculturalism: A closer look. Educational Foundations, 11 (4), 25-38.

Hall, J. (1997). Skill school boys: Masculine identity formation among white boys in an urban high school vocational auto shop program. Urban Review,29 (3), 175-187.

Weis, L., Fine, M., Proweller, A., Bertram, C., & Hall, J. (1997). I’ve slept in clothes long enough: Excavating the sounds of domestic violence among women in the white working class. Urban Review, 30 (1), 43-62.

Fine, M., Weis, L., Addelston, J., & Hall, J. (1997). Constructing identities among the urban underclass in a postindustrial economy. Gender Society, 11 (1), 51-68.

Weis, L. & Hall, J. (1997). Neither seen nor heard: Working class girls and women talk. In S. Books (Ed.). Neither seen nor heard: Invisible children in the society and its schools. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

Fine, M., Weis, L., Addelston, J., & Hall, J. (1997). White loss. In M. Seller L. Weis (Eds.). Beyond black and white: New voices, new faces in United States schools. New York: State University of New York Press.

Hall, J. (1996). Review of Mirumba Ani, An African-centered critique of European cultural thought and behavior. Urban Education, 31 (1), 114-118.

Hall, J. (1996). Review of Geoff Dench, The frog, the prince, the problem of men. Urban Education, 31 (3), 346-349.

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