Professor and Program Coordinator - Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

Dr. Cris Mayo serves as Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degree program in the Department of Education.

Mayo’s publications include a number of books, book chapters and journal article in Educational Theory, Studies in Philosophy of Education, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Educational Policy and Theory, among others. In addition, Mayo co-edited two collections and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia on Gender and Sexuality in Education, and currently serves as associate editor of Educational Theory.

Prior to joining UVM, Mayo served as Professor and Director of the LGBTQ+ Center and in Women's and Gender Studies at West Virginia University.


Selected Recent Publications (see attached CV for full listing)

LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policy and Practices, second edition (New York: Teachers College Press, 2022).

Editor-in-chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality in Education (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).

Queer Pedagogies: Theory, Policy, Praxis, edited by Cris Mayo and Nelson M. Rodriguez (New York: Springer, 2019). Cris Mayo and Nelson M. Rodriguez, “Chapter 1: Wanting More: Queer Theory and Education,” 1-8.

Queer, Trans, and Intersectional Theory in Educational Practice: Student, Teacher, and Community Experiences, edited by Cris Mayo and Mollie V. Blackburn (New York: Routledge, Jan. 2020). Cris Mayo and Mollie V. Blackburn, “Introduction: Misses and Connections: Queer, Trans, and Intersectional Pedagogies,” 1-14.

Cris Mayo, “Humility in Community: Uncertainty and Solidarity in Transgender Theory,” Philosophy of Education Quarterly,  forthcoming 2023.

Cris Mayo, “Gender Diversities and Sex Education: Thinking Together with Science and Decolonizing Perspectives,” Journal of Philosophy of Education (2022).

John Pirone and Cris Mayo, “Deaf Culture, Associational Inclusion, and Ending Waste in Education,” School & Society 7, no. 2 (Jan. 2022), 19-30.

"Distractions and Diffractions: Using Parental Rights to Fight Against the Educational Rights of Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender Diverse Students," Educational Policy 35(2)(Mar. 2021), 368-382, DOI: 10.1177/0895904820983033


Gay-Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth in Schools (New York: Palgrave, 2017).

LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policy and Practices (New York: Teachers College Press, 2013) (Critic’s Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association, 2014).

Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies (Boulder, CO:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, reprinted in paperback, 2007) (Critic’s Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association, 2008).

Awards and Recognition

  • Critics’ Choice Book Award for LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices, American Educational Studies Association (2014)
  • American Educational Research Association Queer SIG Body of Work Award (2014)
  • University of Illinois Online Teaching Award (2013)
  • Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Outstanding Faculty Award (2013)
  • College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award for Graduate Teaching (2012)
  • College of Education Graduate Student Conference’s Mentor Award (2012)
  • Critics’ Choice Book Award for Disputing the Subject of Sex, American Educational Studies Association (2008)
Cris Mayo

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Philosophy of education
  • Gender and sexuality studies in education
  • Queer, transgender, and community-based pedagogies


  • Ph.D., Education Policy Studies/Educational Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M. A., Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B. A., History and Women’s Studies, SUNY Albany