Dr Heather Weaver

AB(Hons)(Stan), MA(Mich), PhD(Washington)

Honorary Lecturer


Phone:  9351

Fax: +61 2 9351 5027

Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education

Research on teaching and learning

  • English and literacy

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Gender relations and gender identity


history of schooling, visual literacy, media and cultural studies, democratic learning


  • Graduate Student Paper Prize in History of Education, American Educational Research Association (2006)

  • Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Finalist, Spencer Foundation (2006)

  • Education Faculty Fellowship, University of Washington (2005)

  • Doi Doctoral Research Grant, University of Washington (2005)

  • Hagenlocker Excellence in Teaching Award, Cranbrook Kingswood School (1998)

Professional and community roles

  • Honorary Secretary, Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (2011-)

  • Reviewer, History of Education Review and History of Education Quarterly

  • Grant reviewer, Washington Commission for National and Community Service (2005)

  • Judge, Washington Golden Apple Excellence in Education Awards (2004)

Current projects

  • Socio-cultural history of children and media in Australia, UK & US.
  • Advice about ‘parenting for schooling’ in The Australian Women's Weekly, 1940s-1960s. Joint project with Dr Helen Proctor.

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Weaver, H. A. (in press). “Spirit of Education”: The Gendered Vision of Compulsory Schooling in Mass Magazine Art, 1908-1938. In Sevan G. Terzian (Ed.), American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

  • Weaver, H. A. (2014). "The Teacher's Unexpected Bath": Plumbing the Meaning of Mayhem in the Celluloid Schoolroom. History of Education Quarterly, 54(2), 145–171. DOI:10.1111/hoeq.12055
  • Weaver, H. A. (2012). Object Lessons: A Cultural Genealogy of the Dunce Cap and the Apple as Visual Tropes of American Education. Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 48(2), 215–241. DOI:10.1080/00309230.2011.560856
  • Weaver, H. A. (2011). Together but Unequal: Race and Education in Our Gang, 1929-1943. Journal of American Culture, 34(4), 332–345. DOI:10.1111/j.1542-734X.2011.00784.x
  • Weaver, H. A. (2009). Beyond Apples and Ice Cream: The Teacher-Student Relationship as Cinematic Romance, 1909-1936. Film and History, 39(1), 9–20. DOI:10.1353/flm.0.0088
  • Weaver, H. A. (2005). Shared Reflection, Reciprocal Communication, Collaborative Action: Exploring the Role of Dialogue in Bridging Education and Democracy. Journal for Civic Commitment, Issue 5.