Research Staff Interests

Dr Lisa A.  Mazzei


Lisa A. Mazzei is Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, USA. Prior to her appointment, she spent three years as a Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in the United Kingdom where she maintains a post as a Visiting Research Fellow. Before moving to the UK she was Associate Professor of Education at Ohio Dominican University, a Catholic, Dominican university located in Columbus, Ohio.

She earned her PhD in 1996 from The Ohio State University in Educational Policy and Leadership with a major in Instructional Design and Technology and minors in Qualitative Studies in Education and Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. She has published two books, Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research, and Voice in Qualitative Inquiry (edited with Alecia Jackson). She is currently co-authoring a third book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research, (with Alecia Jackson) to be published by Routledge in 2011. In addition, she serves on the editorial board for the International Review of Qualitative Research, is completing a three-year term as Program Co-Chair for the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and has published articles appearing in numerous international journals.

Her greatest joy (besides her wonderful students) is her husband Phillip, her two cats, exploring the beauty and bounty of the Inland Northwest, and the support she has received from her colleagues. While she does not have a "favorite" quote, she does particularly appreciate the following offered by Amos Oz:

    Whenever war is called peace, where oppression and persecution are referred to as security, and assassination is called liberation, the defilement of language precedes and prepares for the defilement of life and dignity.

Research Interests

Her research interests centre on poststructural theories of language and meaning and applying those theories to narrative and voice in qualitative research, racial identity and awareness among white educators, and a feminist critique of leadership.

PhD (1996) The Ohio State University, Educational Policy and leadership
Instructional Design and Technology (major)
Qualitative Studies in Education (minor)
Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (minor)
Disseratation: White wash: the absent presence of race among white educators


Jackson, A.Y. & Mazzei, L.A. (forthcoming 2011) Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Using Epistemological Frameworks in the Production of Meaning London: Routledge

Mazzei L.A. & Jackson A. (eds)(2009) Voice in Qualitative Inquiry: Challenging Conventional, Interpretive, and Critical Conceptions in Qualitative Research London: Routledge

Mazzei L.A. (2007) Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research: Putting Poststructural Theory to Work new York: Peter lang

Refereed Journal Articles

Koro-Ljungberga, M., Mazzei, L.A. & Ceglowski, D. (2012) Diverse ways to fore-ground methodological insights about qualitative research International Journal of Research & Method in Education online here

Mazzei, L.A. (in press) Desiring Silence: Gender, Race, and Pedagogy in Education British Educational Research Journal

Mazzei, L.A. & McCoy, K.(2010) Thinking with Deleuze in qualitative research International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 23(5)online here

Jackson, A.Y. & Mazzei, L.A. (2008) 'Experience and "I" in Autoethnography: A Deconstruction.' International Review of Qualitative Research 1(3) pp299-318 (invited submission)

Mazzei, L.A. (2008) 'Silence Speaks: Whiteness Revealed In the Absence of Voice.' Teaching and Teacher Education 24(5) pp1125-1136

Mazzei, L.A. (2004) 'Silent Listenings: Deconstructive Practices in Discourse- Based Research.' Educational Researcher 33(2) pp26-34

Mazzei, L.A. (2003) 'Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Inquiry: In Pursuit of a Muffled Subtext.' Qualitative Inquiry 9(3) pp355-368

Book Chapters

Mazzei, L.A. (2010) 'Silence speaks: Whiteness revealed in the absence of voice.' in Qualitative Research Methods in Education (Four-Volume Set) Torrance, H. (ed) London: Sage Publications


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Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership

Lisa is on the editorial board for the International Review of Qualitative Inquiry and is serving a three-year term as Program Co-Chair for the Qualitative Research SIG of AERA (2008-2011).

Taught Courses

Leadership Theory
Leadership & Feminist Theory
Principles of Research
Scholarship & Dissertation Framework
Qualitative Research: Theory & Design
Advanced Qualitative Research: Analysis & Representation


Position/Post: Visiting Research Fellow