Dr. Loutzenheiser’s research interests are centered in youth studies, qualitative methodologies, sociology and anthropology of education, anti-oppressive and critical race theories, curriculum policy and gender and queer theories. Specifically, she is focused on the educational experiences of marginalized youth and the teaching and learning directed for and about students labeled as such.
Dr. Loutzenheiser’s current research involves an ethnography of a leadership camp for LGBQ and TTI youth and their allies.
Dr. Loutzenheiser is also conducting a policy analysis of “anti-homophobia” policy in British Columbia school boards. She is also particularly interested in the ways theories of race, sexualities, and gender are useful across research projects, methods and methodologies.
Industry Expertise (1)
Areas of Expertise (10)
Youth and Education
Sociology of Education
Anthropology of Education
University of Wisconsin: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies
University of Wisconsin: M.A., Educational Policy Studies
University of California, Berkeley: B.A., American Political Development
Media Appearances (1)
No simple answers to bullying
The University of British Columbia
With back-to-school season in full swing, issues of school safety and bullying begin to resurface. Lisa Loutzenheiser, an education professor at the University of British Columbia, researches anti-homophobia policies in B.C. schools and is completing a study with queer youth at CampOUT, a summer leadership camp for LGBTQ youth. She explains why there’s no quick fix when it comes to bullying, and why the term itself is too simplistic...
'Who are you calling a problem?': Addressing transphobia and homophobia through school policyCritical Studies in Education
2015 This article offers a detailed analysis of two school board-level policies in British Columbia, Canada that address the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender, Two Spirit (LGBQ and TT) youth to demonstrate how the language of the policy holds meaning ...
The Language of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality and Youth Experiences in SchoolsSocial Studies Curriculum, The: Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities
2014 In his 2006 introduction to the third edition of The Social Studies Curriculum, Ross writes that “[t] he purpose of this book is to present a substantive overview of the issues in curriculum development and implementation faced by social studies educators,” and as part of that ...