Gender, bullying, and harassment: Strategies to end sexism and homophobia in schools (2009) New York:Teachers' College Press.

Gender and sexual diversity in schools (2010) New York: Springer.

Gender and Sexuality in Education: A Reader (in press) (co-edited with Dennis Carlson) New York: Peter Lang.

Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in action (in press) (co-edited with Annie Pullen Sansfaçon) New York: Peter Lang.

Publisher: Teacher’s College Press

About the Author: Elizabeth J. Meyer has been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator, and a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program grantee.  She has been involved in grassroots education and equity work in the U.S. and Canada for the past 15 years.  She completed her M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Ph.D. in Education at McGill University in 2007. 

Dr. Meyer has worked as an independent consultant, a researcher, and as a lecturer at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal, Quebec.  Her work has been published in journals such as Gender and Education, McGill Journal of Education, LEARNing Landscapes and The Journal of LGBT Youth.  She also has chapters in several books including: Combating Gender Violence in and Around Schools (Leach & Mitchell, eds. 2006), Media Literacy: A Reader (Macedo & Steinberg, eds., 2007), Queering Straight Teachers (Rodriguez & Pinar, eds.,  2007), Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia  (Mitchell & Reid-Walsh, eds., 2008), Rocking your World (Churchill, ed. 2009) and Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader (Steinberg, ed., 2009). 


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What others have to say about the book:

American Psychological Association - Volume 55, Issue 14 of PsycCRITIQUES

Midwest Book Review 

Ishai Wallace's blog (Oct. 9 entry)


About Gender, bullying, and harassment:

“In this smart, brave book Elizabeth Meyer speaks clearly and sensibly about differences that make a difference in children’s school lives.” —From the Foreword by Lyn Mikel Brown, Professor of Education, Colby College; author of Girlfighting 

 “Bullying and harassment remain serious impediments to learning for far too many students. In this thoughtful book, Dr. Meyer helps readers understand why this troubling behavior occurs and persists, and offers clear and easy-to-implement action steps for both individuals and institutions that are truly committed to creating environments where everyone can learn.”
Kevin Jennings, Founder, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 

 “In an accessible, yet theoretically sound manner, Meyer creates a discourse which defines, identifies, and mentors us in tackling the insidious effects of bullying and harassment.”
Shirley R. Steinberg, Academic Director, The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy

 “Meyer’s work moves the bullying discussion far beyond worry, fear, and ignorance—she demands that we contextually understand both the cause and effects involved in this societal ill, then instructs us in efforts to end it.”
Joe L. Kincheloe,
Canada Research Chair, McGill University

 "Elizabeth Meyer's important new work reflects an incisive understanding of adolescent peer dynamics. She deepens our understanding of the ways harassment limits the potential of every student. Meyer's powerful argument -- that anti-gay harassment polices all of us -- is original and undeniable."

Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

  About the Book:  

The problem of bullying and harassment in schools has been one of great interest to parents, scholars, and educators for over 20 years.  There have been countless books and articles dedicated to this topic but most of them overlook the gendered aspects of school cultures in their analysis of the problem and proposed solutions. Many parents, teachers, administrators, and teacher educators are not aware of the key gender- related issues in most bullying and harassment behaviors in schools so they often leave them unaddressed, or worse, reinforce harmful stereotypes to their students that allow such behaviors to persist. This book: Gender, bullying, and harassment: Strategies to end sexism and homophobia in schools is designed to address this gap. 

 Gender, bullying, and harassment is written for parents, teachers, school administrators, counselors, and other youth advocates to provide them with current research and specific strategies for reducing bullying and harassment.  Important terms such as: bullying, (hetero)sexual harassment, sexual orientation harassment, and harassment for gender nonconformity will be defined and explored. Readers will be offered tangible and flexible suggestions for ways that they can positively transform the culture of their school to reduce the incidences of bullying and harassment. 

 Table of Contents 

Chapter 1. The effects of gender on bullying and harassment

Chapter 2. What we know about gender, bullying and harassment

Chapter 3. The effects of school cultures on bullying and harassment

Chapter 4. Who we are matters: Teachers’ responses to bullying and harassment

Chapter 5. What educators need to know about the law

Chapter 6. Transforming school cultures

Appendix A – Resources

Appendix B – Glossary