Hilary E. Hughes

Areas of Expertise

  • justice, equity-oriented teacher education
  • middle grades education
  • youth studies
  • phenomenology
  • feminist pedagogies


  • justice, equity-oriented teacher education
  • justice, equity-oriented middle grades leadership practices
  • teachers as curriculum designers



  •  PhD in Middle Grades Education, 2011
    University of Georgia
  •  MEd in Education and Human Resource Studies, 2001
    Colorado State University
  •  BA in Communication and Theatre Arts, 1995
    Mercer University


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Research Summary

My current research projects focus on how equity and justice-oriented leadership practices are operationalized in high poverty middle schools; the limitations and possibilities of justice and equity-oriented teacher education in this neoliberal culture; teachers as curriculum designers.

Awards and Accolades

Faculty Senate D. Keith Osborn Award for Teaching Excellence

University of Georgia , 2018

School of Education Alumni Council’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award

Virginia Commonwealthy University, 2013

Illinois Qualitative Distinguished Dissertation Award

International Association of Qualitative Inquiry, 2012

Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group Dissertation Award

American Education Research Association, Middle Level Education Special Interest Group (SIG), 2012