Sara Dorow (Director)

I am Professor of Sociology (Faculty of Arts) at the U of A, where I have previously served as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Founding Director of the Community Service-Learning Program, and Associate Director of the Intersections of Gender signature area. My research seems to have unfolded in phases: a multi-sited ethnographic study of transnational adoption; then multi-method research in the northern Alberta oil sands region; and now two projects involving community-based research on housing and a multi-media exploration of work, respectively. I enjoy teaching qualitative methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Gillian Lemermeyer (Associate Director)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the U of A. The questions I explore in my research are situated in the relational encounters between nurses and other healthcare practitioners with the people in their care. I focus on themes of embodied ethics, the nurse's touch, and the ethics of artificial intelligence in healthcare.  My teaching practice is in healthcare ethics and qualitative research methods.

Emily Friedrich (TQ 2024 Coordinator)

I have several years of communications, project management, and knowledge exchange experience at the University of Alberta, where I have supported an eclectic range of interdisciplinary research teams from family medicine to women's and gender studies to wildfire management. As event coordinator for Thinking Qualitatively: Time and Place, I am most looking forward to the opportunity to ground ourselves in where and when we are, even as we explore what that means in an online context.

Ehsan Kashfi (Administrative Assistant)

I am a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. My research interests include national identity, identity construction, collective memory, and discourse analysis. In my dissertation, I adopt an integrative approach, combining content analysis, discourse analysis, and ethnography for a nuanced analysis of the interplay between religion and politics in Iran.