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May 19-21, 2021
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Scholar Bios

Elijah Anderson is an American sociologist. He holds the Sterling Professorship in Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. Anderson is one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he was mentored by Howard S. Becker.

Before he joined the Yale faculty in July 2007, Anderson served for many years as the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Wharton School; in 2008, he was accorded the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Previously, he worked as an assistant professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College (1973–1975). In 1975, he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty where he rose to associate professor in 1981, and to full professor in 1988. He was appointed to the Max and Heidi Berry Term Chair in the Social Sciences in 1989, to the Charles and William L. Day Professorship in 1991, and then to Distinguished Professor in 2001. He has also served as Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, Princeton University, and Ecole des Etudes Hautes en Science Sociales in Paris, France.

In addition, Anderson has won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching] at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was named the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer for 1999-2000 by the Eastern Sociological Society. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Northwestern University. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and as vice-president of the American Sociological Association. He has served in an editorial capacity for a wide range of professional journals and special publications in his field, including Qualitative Sociology (Springer), Ethnography (Sage), American Journal of Sociology (University of Chicago), American Sociological Review (Sage), City & Community (Wiley), Annals of the Society of Political and Social Science (Sage), and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (Wiley). He has also served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science, and the National Science Foundation. Additionally, he was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior.

Anderson has written and edited numerous books, book chapters, articles, and scholarly reports on race in American cities. His most prominent works include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999, W. W. Norton), winner of the 2000 Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990, University of Chicago), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology, and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men (1978, University of Chicago). In 2008, he edited Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male (University of Pennsylvania), which is based on a national conference, “Poor, Young, Black, and Male: A Case for National Action?” which he organized at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His most recent work is The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (2011, W.W. Norton).

Professor Anderson is also the recipient of two prestigious awards from the American Sociological Association, the 2013 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award and the 2018 W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, as well as the 2017 Merit Award from the Eastern Sociological Society.

Fred Bonner II, Ph.D., is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration & College Teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award. He is the author of the recently released book Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline (2014, Stylus).

Keon L. Gilbert, Dr.PH, MA, MPA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. His research focuses on social capital, health disparities, African American men’s health and health promotion and disease prevention interventions for chronic diseases. His work combines mixed methods with community based participatory research approaches to work in healthcare, faith-based, barbershop, and educational settings. He is one of the co-founders of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University. The Institute includes a multidisciplinary group of faculty focused on eliminating health disparities caused by systemic oppression, through research, training, community engagement, and policy change.

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009. Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is the Chief Officer of Implementation & Policy at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She is also PI of a large-scale NIH study of enhancing organizational and individual readiness to address cardiovascular risk among individuals living with HIV. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial boards of Implementation Science (BMC), Women’s Health Issues (Elsevier), and the recently launched Implementation Research and Practice (Sage). Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 20 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives and mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Methods Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, integrated mixed methods research, and enhancing the usefulness of qualitative research. Dr. Hamilton is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).

Dr. Kelly F. Jackson is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Dr. Jackson earned her master’s degree from the University at Albany, and her doctorate in social welfare from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. As a social worker and multiracial person, Dr. Jackson is committed to expanding the current knowledge base of multiracial identity through the dissemination of empirical research to help social workers and other helping professionals work more inclusively and responsibly with individuals and families living multiracially. Dr. Jackson primarily utilizes qualitative methodology, including narrative and visual participatory methods to examine the identity development and overall wellbeing of persons of mixed racial/ethnic heritage.

Dr. Jackson is the co-creator and lead instructor of a required critical qualitative research methods course that teaches doctoral students how to develop meaningful qualitative research that matters in the lives of those who experience injustice. Dr. Jackson is the elected Vice President of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association and co-author of the book Multiracial Cultural Attunement (NASW, 2019), which introduces a critical and ant-racist model of practice for helping professionals serving multiracial individuals and families. It is from the lens of cultural attunement that Dr. Jackson approaches teaching, learning, and applying qualitative methods. Dr. Jackson self-identifies as mixed Black and white and resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her partner, young daughter, and pup.

Personal website: https://kellyfjackson.wordpress.com/
The website includes a Publications section listing relevant articles and publications.

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D., is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers. More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:
  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (2002, Sage)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (2006, American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (2008, Social Science Research Council).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (2008, Sage).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (April 2008, Sage).
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research (March 2015, Sage).
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).
Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

Rashawn Ray, Ph.D., is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and Associate Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public (Sage). Formerly, Ray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations and men’s treatment of women.

His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray has published over 50 books, articles, and book chapters, and 15 op-eds. Recently, Ray published the book How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work (with Pamela Braboy Jackson) (2018, Lexington) and another edition of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy (2017, Cognella), which has been adopted nearly 40 times in college courses. Ray has written for New York Times, Huffington Post, NBC News, The Conversation, and Public Radio International. Selected as 40 Under 40 Prince George’s County and awarded the 2016 UMD Research Communicator Award, Ray has appeared on C-Span, MSNBC, HLN, Al Jazeera, NPR, and Fox. His research is cited in CNN, Washington Post, Associated Press, MSN, The Root, and The Chronicle. Previously, Ray served on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Planning Committee and the Commission on Racial Justice with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He received his BFA in Drama and English Education in 1976, and MFA in Drama Education in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003); The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., Sage Publications, 2016; translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese-Simplified); Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011); Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015); a commissioned title for Routledge’s World Library of Educationalists Series, Writing Qualitatively: The Selected Works of Johnny Saldaña (Routledge, 2018); co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (4th ed., Sage Publications, 2020); co-author with Matt Omasta for Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (Sage Publications, 2018); and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005).

Saldaña’s methods works have been cited and referenced in over 12,900 research studies conducted in over 130 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and communication.

Saldaña’s research in qualitative inquiry, data analysis, and performance ethnography has received awards from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the National Communication Association—Ethnography Division, the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre, and the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has published a wide range of research articles in journals such as Research in Drama Education, The Qualitative Report, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.