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Melissa Freeman

  • Professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Qualitative Research)

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Contact Information

Office Location

303 River's Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative research theory and design
  • Qualitative evaluation
  • Research with children

Research Interests

  • Philosophical hermeneutics
  • Analytical strategies across paradigms
  • Meaning-constitution, perception, and interpretation
  • Arts-informed methodologies

Programs of Study

Research Summary

I study and teach qualitative research and evaluation theories and methodologies. My research into different philosophically-informed research traditions has been to understand the variety of interpretive and critical strategies used to make sense of the world, to disrupt conventional ways of thinking about research and the social world, and to open up new theoretical and practical trajectories for qualitative research and evaluation.

*Freeman, M. (2017). Modes of thinking for qualitative data analysis. NY: Routledge.

*Freeman, M. (in press). Ethics as play in aesthetic encounters with young children. In C. M. Schulte (Ed.), Ethics and research with young children: New perspectives. NY: Bloomsbury.

*Freeman, M. (2019). The analytic rewards of materializing the effects of actor-networks. Qualitative Research, 19(4), 455-470.

*Freeman, M. (2019). Perturbing anticipation: Jazz, effective-history, dialogue, and the non-representational movement of hermeneutic understanding. Qualitative Inquiry. Online first.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Curriculum and Instruction, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods State University of New York at Albany 2001

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2014 COE Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award University of Georgia
2009 COE Outstanding Teaching Award University of Georgia