- Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
- M.A., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
- B.A., History & Women's Studies, State University of New York, 1989
Key Professional Appointments
- Professor, EPOL and GWS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-pres
- Associate Professor, EPS and GWS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2012
- Interim Director, Gender and Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2009
- Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies/ Women's and Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003-2005
- Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware, 2001-2003
- Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998-2001
Activities & Honors
- vice president, elected 2011, American Educational Studies Association, 2011-2012
- Volunteer Faculty Director, Odyssey Project, COE - EPS, 2010- present
- Distinguished College Scholar, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2006
Research StatementMy research interests include philosophy of education, gender and sexuality studies, environmental education, and multicultural theory. My book, Disputing the Subject of Sex (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, reprinted in paperback, 2007) details clashes over AIDS education and gay inclusive multicultural education in New York State in the 1980's and 1990's. I am currently finishing work on gay/straight alliances in public schools and their work in the formation of associational identities, examining how such groups organize around and address differences of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexuality. My next research projects examine environmental education programs and the implications of relatively low-impact technologies for gender and mobility.
- Principal Investigator, Queering school communities: Gay straight alliances and the politics of association, Campus Research Board, 2005-2006
- “Queer Lessons: Sexual and Gender Minorities and Multiculturalism,” Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, eighth edition, edited by James Banks and Cherry Banks, (New York: Wiley, Sept. 2010), 209-227.
- Obscene Associations: Gay-Straight Alliances, the Equal Access Act, and Abstinence-Only Policy, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 5 no. 2 (June 2008), 44-55.
- Queering Foundations: Queer and LGBT Educational Research, Review of Research in Education, vol. 31, 2007, 76-94.
- “Pushing the Limits of Liberalism: Queerness, Children, and the Future,” Educational Theory, 56 (4): 469-487.
- C. Mayo (2004). Queering school communities: Ethical curiosity and gay straight alliances. Journal of gay and lesbian issues in education, vol. 1, no. 3., 23-36.
- C. Mayo (2004). The tolerance that dare not speak its name. In M. Boler (Ed) Disturbing speech, troubling silence. New York: Peter Lang 33-47. Reprinted in The Critical Pedagogy Reader, 2nd edition, edited by Antonia Darder, Rodolfo D. Torres, and Marta Baltodano (New York: Routledge, 2008), forthcoming.
- Cris Mayo (2004). Disputing the subject of sex: Sexuality and public school controversy. Boulder, Colo.: Rowman and Littlefield, Pub.
- "Sly Decency." Invited response to Cheshire Calhoun, Philosophy of Education 2002, edited by Barbara Houston, (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2003), 36-39
- Mayo, C. (2002). The bind that ties: Civility and social difference. Educational Theory, 52, 169-186.
- Mayo, C. (2002). Framing AIDS: Policy, politics, and the uncertainty of facts: A Review. Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, 9, 321-328.
- Mayo, C. (2000). Curious alliance: Post-identity politics, sexuality, and student resistance to curricula. Philosophical Studies in Education, 32, 55-62.
- Mayo, C. (2000). The uses of Foucault. Educational Theory, 50, 103-116.
In The News
Apr. 26, 2013
Stacy Dymond, associate professor of Special Education, and Cris Mayo, professor of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership, have both received 2013 campus teaching awards. They were recognized at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence with other teaching award winners from across campus on April 23. Read more...
Bureau of Educational Research holds seminar: 'Long but Fulfilling Journey to Distinguished Teaching and Advising'
Dec. 19, 2012
Students, faculty, and staff joined together to hear advice and reflections of College of Education teaching award recipients at the Bureau of Educational Research's fall seminar, held on December 6. After sharing a meal, attendees enjoyed hearing down-to-earth and practical teaching and advising insight from three panel members, all of whom won a 2011-12 outstanding graduate teaching award. Read more...
Oct. 30, 2012
At the College's fall faculty meeting held earlier this month, unit leaders announced changes of status and key accomplishments within their respective units. In addition, four faculty members from the College of Education have received promotions effective this academic year. Read more...
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