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Julia (Julie) Hall, PhD

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Professor, Educational Leadership

Certified Graduate Member, Educational Leadership (Academic Department)

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Education & Training

University at Buffalo, PhD
McGill University, MA

Research Interests

In her research, Dr. Hall focuses on school and community concerns confronting youth and families who have been economically and racially marginalized within cities. Her research 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 and Cultures of Violence in Cities (Routledge); Underprivileged School Children and the Assault on Dignity: Policy Challenges and Resistance (Routledge); and Children’s Human Rights and Public Schools in the United States (Sense Press).

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 $5.2 million in this endeavor.


[Select publications]

Hall, J. (Ed.). (2016). Female students and cultures of violence in cities. New York: Routledge.

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

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 and public schools in the United States. New York: Sense Publishers. 

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

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