Dr Sheryl Clark

Staff details

Dr Sheryl Clark


Lecturer in Educational Studies


Educational Studies


sheryl.clark (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Sheryl's research focuses on girlhood, sport, physical culture, youth, schooling and identities.

Sheryl Clark is a researcher and lecturer in the field of educational studies with interests in gender, sport, identities, youth, schooling and girlhood. In particular, Sheryl’s research makes use of qualitative methods working with children and young people in schools and other physical activity settings. Sheryl’s work draws on poststructural perspectives to consider processes of social identification in relation to learning, gender and achievement in schooling and other contexts. Her work critically interrogates the discursive effects of health and achievement codes on children and young people’s embodied subjectivities with particular attention to social inequalities.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Educational Studies, Goldsmiths 2010
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology, University of British Columbia 2006
  • BA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Calgary 2001

Teaching and supervision

BA Education, Culture and Society, MA Education, Culture, Language and Identity, PhD and MA supervision.

Research interests

Girls into Skateboarding (2021-)
Girlhood and Athletics (2017)
Evaluation of a Widening Participation Initiative (2013)
Children's Learner Identities in Mathematics at Key Stage 2 (2007)
Tomboy Identities in Primary School (2006)

Publications and research outputs


Clark, Sheryl. 2021. Sporty Girls: Gender, Health and Achievement in a Postfeminist Era. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. ISBN 9783030672485

Book Section

Clark, Sheryl. 2020. Responsible Girlhood and 'Healthy' Anxieties in Britain: Girls' Bodily Learning in School Sport. In: Liza Tsaliki and Despina Chronaki, eds. Discourses of Anxiety over Childhood and Youth across Cultures. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 119-142. ISBN 9783030464356

Paechter, Carrie F. and Clark, Sheryl. 2010. Schoolgirls and power/knowledge economies : using knowledge to mobilize social power. In: Carolyn Jackson; Carrie F. Paechter and Emma Renold, eds. Girls and Education 3-16 : Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press, pp. 117-128. ISBN 9780335235629


Clark, Sheryl and Sayers, Esther. 2023. Skateparks as communities of care: the role of skateboarding in girls’ and non-binary youth’s mental health recovery during lockdown. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, ISSN 1468-1366

Francombe-Webb, Jessica; Clark, Sheryl and Palmer, Laura. 2020. Embodying Sporty Girlhood: Health and the Enactment of "Successful" Femininities. Thresholds in Education, 43(1), pp. 33-49. ISSN 0196-9641

Clark, Sheryl. 2018. Fitness, fatness and healthism discourse: girls constructing ‘healthy’ identities in school. Gender and Education, 30(4), pp. 477-493. ISSN 0954-0253

Conference or Workshop Item

Clark, Sheryl. 2015. '"I don't want to be skinny, I just want to be fit' Healthism discourse and girls' participation in physical activity'. In: Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association. University of Roehampton, United Kingdom.


Clark, Sheryl. 2010. Girlhood, Sport and Physical Activity: The Construction of Young Femininities in the Transition to Secondary School. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London