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I am a professor in the Foundations of Education program at Virginia Tech. I teach courses in the foundations of education--the social sciences and humanities applied to education and schooling as an object of study--and in qualitative research methods.

My work focuses on…

Qualitative Research

Qualitative writing

Arts-based research


critical EDUCATION


Politics in education

School food politics

Gender and sexuality in schools

Education policy

“Policy ecology”

School food policy

Gender policy

Comics studies

Using comics as research (comics-based research)

Wonder Woman

Gender and sexuality

Boys and masculinities

Gender and sexuality in schools


Publication Highlights

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  • Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (2022). Unpacking school lunch: Understanding the hidden politics of school food. Palgrave.
  • Niemi, N. S. & Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (Eds.) (2021). The Wiley handbook of gender equity in higher education. Wiley.
  • Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (2019). How to write qualitative research. Routledge.
  • Weaver-Hightower, M. B., & Skelton, C. (Eds.) (2013). Leaders in gender and education: Intellectual self-portraits. Sense Publishers.
  • Robert, S. A. & Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (Eds.). (2011). School food politics: The complex ecologies of hunger and feeding in schools around the world. Peter Lang.
  • Martino, W., Kehler, M., & Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (Eds.). (2009). The problem with boys’ education: Beyond the backlash. Routledge.
  • Weaver-Hightower, M. B.(2008). The politics of policy in boys’ education: Getting boys “Right.” Palgrave Macmillan.

Select Articles

  • Wolgemuth, J. R., Marn, T. M., Barko, T., & Weaver-Hightower, M. B. (2022). Radical uncertainty is not enough: (In)Justices of post-qualitative research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 14(4), 575-593.
  • Kuttner, P., Weaver-Hightower, M. B., & Sousanis, N. (2021). Comics-based research: The affordances of comics for research across the disciplines. Qualitative Research.
  • (2017). Losing Thomas and Ella: A father’s story (A research comic). Journal of Medical Humanities.
  • (2014). A mixed methods approach for identifying influence on public policy. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8(2), 115-138.
  • (2012). Waltzing Matilda: An autoethnography of a father’s stillbirth. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 41, 462-491.
  • (2011). Why education researchers should take school food seriously. Educational Researcher, 40(1), 15-21.
  • (2010, May/June). Where the guys are: How concerned should we be about men in higher education? Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.
  • (2008). An ecology metaphor for educational policy analysis: A call to complexity. Educational Researcher, 37 (3), 153-167.
  • (2003). The “boy turn” in research on gender and education. Review of Educational Research, 73 (4), 471-498.
Unpacking School Lunch is a wonderfully written fresh original and utterly compelling account of what advocates are up against in getting schools to serve healthier more sustainable meals to kids This book is an absolute must read for anyone who cares about what kids eat
Marion Nestle NYU

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