Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Care-Based Methodologies’; ‘Where is the Justice’; ‘African American Fathers’ Involvement’


“Care-Based Methodologies: Reimagining Qualitative Research with Youth in U.S. Schools,” co-edited by Veena Vasudevan, assistant professor of digital media and learning, School of Education (Bloomsburg Press, 2022)

Navigating the interpersonal relationships formed during long-term school-based research is explored in this new book, which details methods for conducting responsible research that improves the understanding of youth lives, cares for their well-being, and works toward dismantling the systems that oppress them. Vasudevan co-edited the book with Nora Gross, visiting assistant professor of sociology at Boston College; Pavithra Nagarajan, senior research associate at CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; and Katherine Clonan-Roy, assistant professor at the Cleveland State University College of Education and Human Services.


Where is the Justice: Engaged Pedagogies in Schools and Communities,” co-authored by Valerie Kinloch, dean of Pitt Education (Teachers College Press and NCTE, 2021)

The book focuses on teaching and learning approaches that center dialogue, equity, and collaboration among stakeholders who understand and work against the heavy cost of inequality. It was co-authored with Emily A. Nemeth, associate professor in the Department of Education at Denison University; Tamara T. Butler, executive director of the Avery Research Center and associate professor at the College of Charleston; and Grace D. Player, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut. 


“African American Fathers’ Involvement in their Children’s Education,” by Tasha Alston, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Pitt–Bradford (Lexington Books, 2021)

Tasha Alston’s book challenges the narrative that African-American fathers are not involved in their children’s education. “African American fathers are involved and want to be involved,”  Alston said. She researched the book, her first, for her doctoral thesis at the University of Georgia, where she earned a doctorate in educational psychology in 2016.


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