teaches in the Ph.D. program, is director of the Individually Designed Ph.D.
program, and is a prolific researcher and writer.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: The connection of reading and writing and storytelling to selfhood,
particularly for refugee populations
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Ph.D. in Educational Studies; interdisciplinary focus; qualitative research
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Nature of Inquiry: a philosophy of research course; Qualitative
Research; Advanced Topics in Qualitative Research; Issues in
Education: B.A., University of Chicago; M.F.A., Bennington College; Ed.D., University of California at Berkeley
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Professor Heller brings her background as an urban
educator, qualitative researcher of out-of-school literacy settings, writer
for the Teaching Tolerance Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and
archival researcher for her present study of central Europe before the war,
to her research courses at Lesley. Heller is particularly interested in the
intersection between qualitative research and journalism, and in helping
qualitative researchers write well about their areas of study.
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