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Kathleen P. deMarrais

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

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Office Location

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

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Interviewing
  • Philanthropy and Educational Policy

Research Interests

  • Qualitative Pedagogies
  • Philanthropy and Education
  • Ethnography and Autoethnography
  • Fictional Approaches to Qualitative Research

Programs of Study


Research Summary

My research interests include the study of qualitative research methodology with particular interest in qualitative research design, ethnography, and interviewing approaches to research. Another area of interest is in the ways philanthropic foundations have shaped educational policies and practices in the United States.


I came to the University of Georgia in 1999. Prior to moving to Georgia, I taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. From 1999-2004, I served as the coordinator of the Qualitative Research Program at the University of Georgia. From 2004-2009 I served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and a master's degree in Special Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati and worked in K-12 schools prior to moving into higher education. I enjoy life in rural Georgia where I raise chickens, garden, and volunteer in many community development efforts in Lexington.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
EDD Social Foundations of Education (Anthropology/Sociology of Education) University of Cincinnati 1986
MED Special Education Xavier University 1978

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2017 Excellence in Education Award East Stroudsburg University
2014 Alma T Walker Award for Contributions to Historic Preservation Historic Oglethorpe County
2015 Special Collections Faculty Fellows University of Georgia
2011 Senior Teaching Fellows University of Georgia
2004 Keith Osborne Award for Teaching Excellence College of Education, UGA