Amelia Eppel is an incoming PhD student in Educational studies: Gender and Women’s Studies and a supervisee of Dr. Claudia Mitchell. Amelia holds an M.Ed. in Human Development & Psychology with a focus on Child Advocacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Early Primary Teaching from Cambridge University in the UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from the University of Bristol, UK. She is a practicing artist and art teacher.
Amelia’s research interests are centered around the gendered aspects of incarceration, particularly those facing juveniles. She aims to conduct her PhD research with this population, and has worked as a teaching assistant and family support worker in prisons in the UK and USA. With a focus on pregnancy, parenting and sexual health, Amelia intends to conduct research using the epistemological frameworks of queer and feminist theory in order to disrupt the patriarchal oppression of incarceration.
Alongside this, Amelia is interested in the use of participatory arts-based methods of conducting research with vulnerable populations, and the possibility of research being an intervention in and of itself. She is particularly interested in the use of visual and photographic methods, and excited to work with the PCL on projects using these to address issues related to gender and sexuality with marginalized youth across cultures.