Shauna Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies




Shauna Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
CRN - 331
Phone (905) 688-5550, Ext. 5371
Email: shauna.pomerantz@brocku.ca

Dr. Pomerantz is interested in the discursive-material contexts within which young people produce and negotiate identities. Her research sits at the crossroads of sociology and cultural studies, with a particular focus on girlhood studies. She explores how young people use cultural texts, embodiment, language, and stories to make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them, paying particular attention to the school, where teenagers negotiate complex social worlds and categories. She is committed to doing qualitative research with young people, including interviews and ethnography. Her past projects include Girl Power, a long-term study of girls’ expressions of empowerment and understandings of feminism, and Dressing the Part, an ethnographic study of how girls use style to negotiate their identities in an urban, multicultural high school. Her most recent book project (with Rebecca Raby), is entitled Smart Girls: Negotiating Academic Success in a 'Post-Feminist' Era (University of California Press). Shauna teaches in the areas of socio-cultural theory, sociology of childhood and youth, popular culture, social justice, and qualitative research methodologies. When not working, she likes to listen to indie rock, read popular teen novels, catch up on smart television shows, and hang out with her kids.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Books

Pomerantz, Shauna and Raby, Rebecca. (Forthcoming, August 2015). Smart girls: Negotiating academic success in a post-feminist era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Currie, Dawn, H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2009). ‘Girl power’: Girls reinventing girlhood. New York: Peter Lang. [Awarded an American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Award]

Pomerantz, Shauna. (2008). Girls, style, and school identities: Dressing the part. New York: Palgrave.

Book chapters

Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna. (Forthcoming). Landscapes of academic success: Girls, location, and the importance of school culture. In Claudia Mitchell & Carrie Rentschler (Eds.), Girlhood studies and the politics of place: Contemporary paradigms for research. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca. (In press). The post-nerd: Reading smart girls in post-feminist popular culture. In Clare Bradford & Mavis Reimer (Eds.), Girls, Texts, Cultures. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.

Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre M., & Pomerantz, Shauna (2011). Skater girlhood: Resignifying femininity, resignifying feminism. In Christina Scharff & Rosalind Gill (Eds.), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity (293-305). London: Palgrave.

Pomerantz, Shauna. (2008). Style and girl culture. In Claudia Mitchell & Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Girl culture: An encyclopedia, Volume 1 (64-72 [5500 words; essay section]). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Kelly, Deirdre, M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2007). “You can break so many more rules:” The identity play and work of becoming girl skaters. In Michele Donnelly & Michael Giardina (Eds.), Youth cultures & sport: Identity, power, and politics (113-126). New York: Routledge.

Pomerantz, Shauna. (2006). “Did you see what she was wearing?” The power and politics of schoolgirl style. In Yasmin Jiwani, Candis Steenbergen, & Claudia Mitchell (Eds), Girlhood: Redefining the limits (173-190). Montreal, PQ: Black Rose Books.

Academic Articles

Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (in press, 2014). Playing it down/playing it up: Girls strategic negotiations of academic success. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35 (3).

Pomerantz, Shauna, Raby, Rebecca & Stefanik, Andrea (2013). Girls run the world? Caught between sexism and postfeminism in the school. Gender & Society, 27 (2), 185-207.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca. (2011). “Oh, she’s so smart”: Girls’ complex engagements with post/feminist narratives of academic success. Gender and Education, 23 (5), 549-564.

Pomerantz, Shauna. (2009). Between a rock and a hard place: Un/defining the “girl.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 1(2), 147-158.

Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna (2009). Mean, wild, and alienated: Girls and the state of feminism in popular culture. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2(1), 1-17.
Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). Cleavage in a tank top: Bodily prohibition and the discourses of school dress codes. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 53(4), 373-386.

Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). Listening to girls: Discursive positioning and the construction of self. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(5), 377-400.

Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2007). “The power to squash people”: Understanding girls’ relational aggression. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 28(1), 23-37.

Kelly, Deirdre M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2006). “No Boundaries?” Girls’ Interactive, Online Learning about Femininities. Youth and Society, 38(1), 3-28.

Currie, Dawn H., Kelly, Deirdre, M. & Pomerantz, Shauna. (2006). “The geeks shall inherit the earth”: Girls’ agency, subjectivity and empowerment. Journal of Youth Studies, 9(4), 419-436.

Kelly, Deirdre M., Pomerantz, Shauna & Currie, Dawn H. (2005). Skater girlhood and emphasized femininity: “You can’t land an ollie properly in heels!” Gender and Education, 17(3), 229-249.

Pomerantz, Shauna, Currie, Dawn H. & Kelly, Deirdre M. (2004). Sk8er girls: Skateboarding, girlhood, and feminism on the move. Women’s Studies International Forum, 27(5-6), 547-557.

Recent Conference Presentations

Pomerantz, Shauna and Raby, Rebecca (2014). Smart Girls: Surviving Academic Success in the Girl Power Era. Paper given at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, May 25-28th.

Bablak, Larissa, Raby, Rebecca, and Pomerantz, Shauna (2014). “I don’t want to stereotype, but it’s true”: Maintaining whiteness at the centre through the ‘smart Asian’ stereotype in high school. Paper given at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, May 25-28th.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2013). Looking pretty/being smart: Girls’ embodiment of academic success in the school. Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association, November 7-9. Cincinnati, USA.

Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2013). “Complicating the centre: Negotiating academic success in Niagara Region high schools” for the Sociology of Childhood Days conference, “Childhood and Diversity – Multiple Childhoods?, June 2013, Halifax.

Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2012). Landscapes of academic success: Girls, school culture, and the importance of location. Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research Symposium, October 10-12. McGill University, Montreal, Canada. [Invited]

Raby, Rebecca, Pomerantz, Shauna & Stefanik, Andrea (2012). Playing it up or playing it down: The pleasures and hazards of being a smart girl in high school. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. May 25-29th.

Pomerantz, Shauna, Raby, Rebecca & Stefanik, Andrea (2012). Girls run the world? Caught between sexism and post-feminism in the school. Paper presented at the American Education Researcher Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 14.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2011). The new (post) nerd: Smart girls, post-feminism, and popular culture. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, June 1, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2010). The new nerd: Girls re-signifying academic success. Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals Conference, SUNY, Cortland, USA.

Pomerantz, Shauna & Raby, Rebecca (2010). Smart girls: Negotiating academic identities in a “post-feminist” era. American Educational Research Association, April 30-May 4, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Pomerantz, Shauna (2009). Un/defining the “girl.” Paper presented at the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People, May 26, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. [Invited]

Pomerantz, Shauna (2009). “What are you doing here, anyway?” Performing feminist poststructural ethnography in the school. Paper presented at the Researching Youth Conference, March 28, University of Toronto, Canada. [Invited]

Pomerantz, Shauna (2008). The art of girls’ style. Paper presented at the Teenage Cultural Practices Symposium, November 7-8, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. [Invited]

Raby, Rebecca & Pomerantz, Shauna (2008). Beyond Lisa Simpson and Rory Gilmore: Girls, Smartness, and the School. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Institute. Vancouver, Canada.

Pomerantz, Shauna (2007). Plugging into Youths’ Pop Culture: Music, Style and Identities. Paper presented at the Redefining Student Engagement Conference, November 8-9, Centre for Urban Schooling, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, OISE/UT, Toronto, Canada. [Invited]

Pomerantz, Shauna & Kelly, Deirdre, M. (2006). Mean, lost and alienated: Girls and the state of feminism in popular culture. Paper presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association, October 27-29, Indianapolis, USA.