Nancy Kendall

Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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About Nancy

Kendall’s research focuses on the school and life experiences of girls, boys, families, and communities who are structurally marginalized within national and international (particularly Southern African) contexts. Her ethnographic research has examined children’s sense-making and experiences with gender and education, political democratization, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, climate and environmental change, and college-going. Kendall’s work informs community and school practices and national and international policy bodies.

In the News

Quoted by Nicholas Tampio in "There is No Such Thing as Free Community College," Al Jazeera America, August 3, 2015.
Quoted by Latoya Dennis in "Gov. Walker Proposal Would Weaken Tenure in Wisconsin," Milwaukee Public Radio, June 16, 2015.
Quoted by Pat Schneider in "Scott Walker Wants UW to Run More Like a Business," Cap Times, June 16, 2015.
Opinion: "Scott Walker is Undermining Academic Freedom at the University of Wisconsin," Nancy Kendall, New Republic, June 9, 2015.
Opinion: "What Will be Lost When Wisconsin Faculty Loses Tenure?," Nancy Kendall, Newsweek, June 9, 2015.
Opinion: "What Else Will We Lose When Wisconsin Faculty Loses Tenure?," Nancy Kendall, The Conversation, June 9, 2015.
Quoted by David Leonhardt in "Obama’s Community-College Plan: A Reading List," New York Times, January 9, 2015.


"The Sex Education Debates" (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Draws on ethnographic research in five states to reveal important differences and surprising commonalities shared by purported antagonists in the sex education wars, and illuminates the unintended consequences these protracted battles have, especially on teachers and students.