D'Youville Professor Wins National Book Award
Dr. Julia Hall Honored with Prestigious Award for Second Time
Buffalo, New York – September 21, 2016 – Dr. Julia Hall, professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at D’Youville College, is the recipient of the prestigious American Educational Studies Association 2016 Critics Choice Book Award.
Her book, Female Students and Cultures of Violence in Cities, focuses on girls living in concentrated poverty and racial marginalization in cities.
“With the deteriorating social contract, this demographic group is more readily a target for sex trafficking, domestic abuse, disability silencing, and overall corporal control,” according to Hall.
“Exposure to violence has been shown to contribute to physical and mental health problems, a propensity for substance abuse, transience, and homelessness,” she said. “Unsurprisingly, poor school attendance and performance is also a result.”
Hall contends that policymakers tend to view violence against females as already addressed in past social movements. She discusses how the modern girl has no broader, gender-oriented movement with which to engage. “She has only herself, and comes to understand the self as a project to be worked on as a way to overcome problems.”
With her book, Hall hopes to influence policymaking on these issues.
Each year a committee of American Educational Studies Association members selects a number of titles it regards as outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies. The Critics’ Choice Award serves to recognize and increase awareness of recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in its field.
Hall was also awarded the AESA Critics Choice Book Award in 2014 for her volume, Children’s Human Rights and School Children in the United States.
She received her PhD from the University at Buffalo and her master’s degree from McGill University in Montreal. She joined D’Youville in 2001.