Kathleen deMarrais


Kathleen deMarrais is a professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. With a background in sociology and anthropology of education, she serves as a qualitative methodologist in UGA’s Qualitative Research Program. She has a long history of teaching qualitative research methods courses and mentoring doctoral students. Her research focuses on qualitative methodologies, critical qualitative research, qualitative pedagogy, and the teaching of qualitative research methodologies. A key research strand includes the history and funding of conservative philanthropists in the U.S. and their impact on educational policy and practice. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, her books include: Foundations for research: Methods of inquiry in education and the social sciences. (with S. Lapan), Inside Stories, Educating Young Adolescent Girls (with P. O’Reilly & B. Penn), The way schools work: A sociological analysis of schooling (with M. LeCompte), Life at the margins: Profiles of diverse adults (with J. Merrifield, D. Hemphill & B. Bingman), and Teach for America Counter Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (with T. J. Brewer).