marie curie | profile | Professor Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell is a sociologist and author of two award-winning books about gender, race and class inequality and schooling. She is currently the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work with low-income women literacy learners, pregnant teens and immigrant children focuses on their subjective experiences of family-school-community relationships and views about self, knowledge and identity. Luttrell combines the traditions of ethnography, narrative inquiry and visual studies as a means to offer research participants a role in representing their lives and a voice in public debate. She has served as principal investigator and consultant on numerous collaborative university-teacher-inquiry projects, developed teacher professional materials, and adult educational curriculum. Luttrell is the recipient of numerous fellowships in support of her research (Rockefeller Foundation, Spencer Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies) and has received awards for teaching excellence at both of the academic institutions in which she has served as a faculty member (Harvard University and Duke University). Her edited volume, Qualitative Research in Education: Readings in Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (Routledge Press) will be available this fall when she will also become Professor of Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Professor Luttrell’s work programme with the EWI will focus on participatory image-based research with children. As part of this programme she will deliver a Research Lecture entitled A Visual Turn in Youth and Childhood Studies: Towards Collaborative Seeing. This will take place in UCD on Thursday May 28th at 4.00 pm in the UCD School of Education, Roebuck Castle, Belfield, Room 0.01.

In addition to the lecture Professor Luttrell will run three research workshops. These will take place on June 11th, June 18th and June 25th in A105 in the Newman Building, Belfield from 4pm – 6pm. The workshops will focus on the following methodological areas:

June 11th – Entering Children’s Social Worlds: Image-based Research Design and Dilemmas.

June 18th – Circles of Seeing: A Framework for Analysing Children’s Participatory Photography

June 25th – The Art of Visual Analysis



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