Julie’s research in the history and sociology of education encompasses curriculum, youth, gender and feminist studies, and she has acted as both chief investigator and a member of both small and large research teams. Her guiding questions are to do with education as an ethical project; intersections between identity, social possibilities and differentiated effects of school experience; and the history of ideas shaping educational reforms. She has been at the forefront in developing methodological and conceptual approaches in qualitative longitudinal research, and in forging new perspectives on historical sociology and questions of temporality and change in educational research.