Janet L. Miller

Janet L. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Arts & Humanities-English & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as Faculty-At-Large, Columbia University. Elected in 2010 as an American Educational Research Association (AERA) “Fellow” for “sustained achievement in education research,” Miller also was honored in 2008 with AERA’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Division B-Curriculum Studies. She received the 2015 Mary Anne Raywid Award for “outstanding contributions to the study of education” from the Society of Professors of Education, which was founded in 1902 by Charles DeGarmo and John Dewey. As well, Miller was awarded, in 1998, the University Faculty Excellence in Research Award from National-Louis University, “awarded to the faculty person whose distinguished research contributions are recognized both nationally and internationally.” Miller was elected AERA’s Vice-President for Division B—Curriculum Studies (1997-2000) and as Division B’s Secretary (1990-1992). Elected President (2001-2007) of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS), she earlier served as Founding Managing Editor, from 1978 through 1998, of JCT: The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and as Director of its Bergamo Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. The author of many journal articles and book chapters that entangle curriculum, feminist and qualitative research theorizings and studies, Miller’s forthcoming volume entitled Maxine Greene and Education will be published in Routledge’s Invitational “Key Ideas” book series. Her other forthcoming book is Curriculum and Collaboration: Communities without Consensus (Routledge). Other single-authored books include Sounds of Silence Breaking: Women, Autobiography, Curriculum (2005, Peter Lang), and Creating Spaces and Finding Voices: Teachers Collaborating for Empowerment (1990, State University of New York Press), which received both the Stessin Prize for Outstanding Faculty Scholarly Publication (Hofstra University, 1991) and the James N. Britton Award for Inquiry from the National Council of Teachers of English (1991). As well, Miller co-edited, with William Ayers, A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (1998, Teachers College Press).

Books by Janet L. Miller:

This volume engages researchers with the notion of critical qualitative inquiry (CQI) as a direct practice of resistance. As female educators and researchers who have (through our politically activist sister) been referred to as “Nasty Women” in the US presidential debates, we believe that it is our responsibility to respond through our inquiry to the violent reinscription of intersecting forms of injustice and marginalization. The purposes of this volume are therefore (1) to demonstrate personal actions taken by researchers to deal with thoughts/feelings of despair as well as how to move toward survival, and (2) to explore historical, new, and rethought research and activist methodologies (frameworks) as counter measures broadly and for public education specifically. Examples of CQI as resistance in response to the particular neoliberal patriarchal, whitelash presidential election event are provided by featured authors. Additionally, resources related to activist scholarship are provided. These frameworks, resources, and perspectives are also useful for future research in reaction to neoliberalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy.

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