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Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies
College of Education
(773) 442-5515
Women's and Gender Studies, Faculty Affiliate Latino and Latin American Studies, and Faculty Affiliate Justice Studies
Courses Taught
EDFN 305: Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Public Education
EDFN 416: Cultural Pluralism and the Schools
EDFN 405: Development of Educational Thought
ELAD 429: Research Methods
JUST 328: Social Justice and GLBTQ Issues
SOC 104: School and Society
SOC 320: Sociology of Education
WGS 301: Feminist Engagements in Education
WGS 202: Feminist Activism
Research Interests
Educational Policy: prison/school nexus, lesbian/gay/transgendered/queer lives and schools, poverty, immigration/undocumented students, alternative media in education, critical childhood studies. Justice Movements and Anti-Prison Organizing: anti-racist feminisms, criminalization of undocumented communities, prison abolition and decarceration movements, sex offender registries and community notification laws, sexual and gender violence, militarism, restorative and transformative justice. Methodologies: participatory action research, community-based organizing and research, qualitative research, feminist research methodologies.

Ph.D. Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Canada

B.A. Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Canada


Selected Publications

Lawston, J. and Meiners, E. (in press 2014). “Ending Our Expertise: Feminisms, Abolition and Scholarship.” Feminist Formations 26(2).

Meiners, E. (in press, 2014). “Trouble with the Child in the Carceral State.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime Conflict and World Order 39 (2)

Boyd, Michelle and Meiners, Erica. (2013). “Reconstructions.” Lux.

Quinn, Therese and Meiners, Erica, (2013). “From Anti-Bullying Laws and Marriage to Queer Worlds and Just Futures.” QED: Journal of LGBTQ World Making (inaugural issue).

Armato, M., Matthews, N., and Meiners, E. (2013). “Pedagogical Engagements: Engaging Campus Anti-Militarism.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies.

Kumashiro, K. and Meiners, E. (2012). “Flip the Script.” Bank Street College: Occasional Paper Series #27.

Meiners, E. Michaud, L., Pavan, J., and Simpson, B. (2011). “Worst of the worst”? Queer investments in challenging sex offender registries in Canada and in the U.S. Upping the Anti (13), 91–106.

Meiners, E. (2011). “Ending the school to prison pipeline/Building abolition futures.”Urban Review 43 (4), 547–465.

Galaviz, B., Palafox, J., Meiners, E. and Quinn, T. (2011). “The Militarization and the Privatization of Public Schools.” The Berkeley Review of Education 2 (1), 27-45.

Meiners, E. & Quinn, T. (2011). Militarism and education normal? Monthly Review 63(3), 77-86.

Diaz, D., Gómez, C., Luna-Duarte, C., Meiners, E. (2011). “Purged: Undocumented Students, Financial Aid Policies, and Access to Higher Education.” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (10), 107-119.

Jackson, J. and Meiners, E. (2011). “Fear and Loathing: The Challenge of Feelings in Anti-Prison Organizing.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 39 (1 & 2): 268 – 288.

Meiners, E. (2011). “A queer time and place: Educational analysis and intervention in the prison nation.” Powerplay: A Journal of Educational Justice 3 (1): 71 – 86.

Horn, S., Meiners, E., North, C., & Quinn, T. (2010). “Visibility matters: Policy work as activism in teacher education.” Issues in Teacher Education 19 (2): 65-80.

Jackson, J. and Meiners, E. (2010). “Feeling like a failure: Teaching/learning abolition through the good the bad and the innocent.” Radical Teacher (special issue on teaching the PIC) 88: 20-30.

Diaz, D., Gómez, C., Luna-Duarte, C., Meiners, E., Valentin, L. (April 2010). “Organizing tensions: From the prison to the military industrial complex.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime Conflict and World Order. Special Issue Policing, Detention, Deportation and Resistance 36 (2) 73-84.

Diaz, D., Gómez, C., Luna-Duarte, C., Meiners, E., Valentin, L. (May/June 2010). Dreams Deferred. Academe.

Meiners, E. and Quinn, T. (2010). “Doing and Feeling Research in Public: Queer Organizing for Public Education and Justice.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 23 (2) 147-164.

Meiners, E. (2009). “Resisting Civil Death: Organizing for Access to Education In Our Prison Nation.” Depaul Law School Justice Journal 3 (2) 79-95.

Meiners, E. (2009). “Never Innocent: Feminist Trouble with Sex Offender Registries and Protection in a Prison Nation.” Meridians: Feminisms, race, transnationalism 9(2) 31-62.

Book Chapters

Meiners, Erica and Ross, Sarah. (2014). Margaret Burroughs: Radical Engagements at Stateville Prison.

In Rebecca Zorach, (Ed.), Art Against the Law. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Diaz, D., Gómez, C., Luna-Duarte, C. and Meiners, E. (2013). “Undocumented, Resilient and Organized: Students Build Immigration Justice.” In E. Tuck and K.Wayne Yang, (Eds.), Youth Resistance Revisited, New York NY: Routledge.

Meiners, E., and Shaylor, C. (2013). “Resisting Gendered Carceral Landscapes.” In B. Carlton (Ed.), Women Exiting Prison. New York, New York: Routledge.

Meiners, E. (2013). “Schooling the Carceral State.” In David Scott, (Ed.) Why Prisons? Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Hereth, J., Kaba, M., Meiners, E., Wallace, L. (2012). “Restorative Justice Is Not Enough: School Based Interventions in the Carceral State.” In S. Bahena, P. Kuttner, and M. Ng (Eds.), Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Review.

Meiners, E. (2011). “Awful Acts and the trouble with normal.” In E. Stanley and N. Smith (Eds). Captive Genders: Trans embodiment and the prison industrial complex. Boston. South End Press.

Diaz, D., Gómez, C., Luna-Duarte, C., Meiners, E. (in press). “Undocumented Latino Youth: Strategies for Accessing Higher Education.” In P. Noguera (Ed.) Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males:

Contemporary Perspectives on Cultural and Structural Factors. New York: Routledge. Meiners, E. (2011). “Juvenile Justice.” N. Lesko and S. Talburt (Eds.) Keywords: Youth Cultures. New York: Routledge.

Meiners, E. (2010). “Building an Abolition Democracy; or, The Fight Against Public Fears, Private Benefits, and Prison Expansion.” In S. J. Hartnett (Ed.), Education or Incarceration? Reclaiming Hope and Justice in a Punishing Democracy. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Quinn, T., and Meiners, E. (2010) Seeing Red: Teacher Educators, Social Justice and other "Lightning Rods." (2010). A. Ball & C. Tyson (Eds), Studying Diversity in Teacher Education. AERA (American Educational Research Association) commissioned volume, AERA book Publication.

And other publications in more popular presses including Catalyst, AREA Chicago, No-More-Potlucks, Windy City Times, and MS magazine blog.


Erica R. Meiners teaches, writes and organizes in Chicago. She has written about her ongoing labor and learning in anti-militarization campaigns, educational justice struggles, prison abolition and reform movements, and queer and immigrant rights organizing, in Flaunt It! Queers organizing for public education and justice (2009 (with Therese Quinn), Right to be hostile: schools, prisons and the making of public enemies (2007) and articles in Radical Teacher, Meridians, AREA Chicago and Social Justice. Her work in the areas of prison/school nexus; gender, access and technology; community-based research methodologies; and urban education, has been supported by the US Department of Education, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Princeton Woodrow Wilson Public Scholarship Foundation, among others. 

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