Leanne Higham

PhD student


Slow violence and schools: Charting a course towards a practical ethics of education


Leanne Higham is interested in everyday practices of education and how these enhance the capacities of those within educational contexts—as well as limit and constrain them. Leanne's research interests are theoretically and empirically informed by the critical posthumanities and feminist new materialisms. Her work takes a radically empiricist approach towards practical ethics in education.

Alongside her PhD, Slow violence and schools, Leanne is working on Re/imagining School Climate with Dr Melissa Wolfe (Monash) and Dr Eve Mayes (Deakin), and Holy Homophobia led by A/Prof Tonya Callaghan (Calgary) with Prof Jo Lampert (La Trobe). She is a consultant to St Mary’s College, Windsor in their progression from single-sex to co-educational schooling.

Leanne's MEd thesis, Becoming boy: A/effecting identity in a Catholic boys' school was awarded MGSE's 2016 Freda Cohen Prize for most meritorious thesis submitted for the Master of Education.

Leanne is currently a Lecturer at La Trobe University.


Dr Dianne Mulcahy and Professor Jane Kenway

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