Dr. Heller teaches in the PhD program, is director of the Individually Designed PhD program, and is a prolific researcher and writer.
Professional Title: 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: PhD 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: BA, University of Chicago; MFA, Bennington College; EdD, University of California at Berkeley
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams, with William Ayers and Janise Hurtig, eds. Teaching Contemporary Scholars, Volume 10, New York, 2016.
Reading Claudius, a Memoir in Two Parts. Penguin Random House, 2015. (see below)
You Can’t Carry on Like This: Representing the Unrepresentable.” Invited address, “Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative.” Eastern Sociological Society 82nd Meeting, New York City, February 12, 2012.
Archival Research: The Overlooked Art Within
Qualitative Methods. Invited address to the Philosophy in Education Forum,
Teachers College, March 6, 2010.
Sources of Knowing: Essential
Conversations with Literature to Help us Re-recognize Urban Education.
Invited address, CUNY Colloquium on Urban Education, City University of New
York Graduate Center, May 9, 2006.
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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