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.