Margaret McGladrey

Tufts University and Court Appointed Special Advocates
Margaret McGladrey

Margaret McGladrey, Ph.D., is a sociologist and feminist activist focused on the intersectional politics of representation and knowledge production, specifically in cultural discourses related to gender, education, and health. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Sociology and Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and will begin working with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington in January 2019.

Dr. McGladrey's recent scholarship involves youth-led participatory action research with The Girl Project, for which she created The Girl Project: Next Generation middle school mentoring program and serves as the Research and Advocacy Director responsible for the program's feminist critical pedagogy and grant-writing/evaluation (which has included securing grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Toyota Foundation, and the United Way, among other sponsors). Her interdisciplinary research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Feminist Formations (the journal of the National Women's Studies Association), Journal of Children and Media, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Health Education, Health Communication, and Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. She has presented at national and international academic conferences in three disciplinary areas (communication, public health, and sociology), and she received the 2015 American Sociological Association graduate student paper award for a project exploring the ethics of conducting research about gender and sexuality with preadolescent girls. She also has served as a co-investigator on many federally and state-sponsored studies to lead mixed-methods community-based participatory research efforts involving local health departments, cooperative extension agents, and community health coalitions.

Dr. McGladrey has taught undergraduate and master's-level courses on social inequalities, girls and girlhood, and grant-writing, and she has served as a faculty member teaching day-long grant-writing and budget management seminars to community health professionals since the inception of the NIH-funded Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky in 2014. She also is a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga and has been teaching mindfulness, meditation, and yoga classes in community and school settings for more than 10 years.

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