Professor Kathy Charmaz

Professor Kathy Charmaz
  • Emerita Professor of Sociology
  • Director, Faculty Writing Program
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

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Areas of Expertise:

Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Health and Illness, Aging and Dying

Academic Interests:

After five years of working on her second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory, Kathy Charmaz, Sociology and the Faculty Writing Program, recently published the book with Sage, London. The considerably expanded second edition offers a fresh view of current ideas and practices in qualitative inquiry and gives researchers detailed practical guidelines for analyzing qualitative data and completing a study.  The book includes examples and comments from researchers in such diverse fields as mathematics education, business, social policy, and tourism, as well as those in fields in which qualitative inquiry has had a long history such as sociology, psychology, education, and nursing.  The first edition of the book received a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Portuguese and two more translations are underway.  Kathy also co-edited a four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis, with senior editor, Adele E. Clarke. The set appeared in 2014 with Sage, London as part of the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research series.  Consistent with the purpose of the series, these edited volumes are primarily intended for libraries throughout the world that lack access to extensive journal collections.  She also published four chapters, one journal article, and an encyclopedia article in the past year.
Kathy gave two master classes for doctoral students and faculty at the Bouverie Centre of La Trobe University in Melbourne, one on grounded theory, the other on writing for publication.  In June, she taught an intensive class on grounded theory for doctoral students at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and was a featured presenter at the Universities of Bologna and Trento’s Summer School for doctoral students.  In July, she gave two professional development classes under the combined sponsorship of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and ResearchTalk and in September she conducted a one-day workshop at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University.  She gave a professional development workshop on writing for publication at University of California, San Francisco in February, a grounded theory workshop at the Couch-Stone Symposium in St. Petersburg, and grounded theory and academic writing workshops in Dublin in May.

Courses Taught:

  • SOCI 315: Socialization
  • SOCI 317: Emotions and Adult Life
  • SOCI 319: Aging and Society
  • SOCI 326: Social Psychology
  • SOCI 332: Death and American Culture
  • SOCI 375: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 418: Methods Seminar: Social Development of the Self
  • SOCI 452: Methods Seminar: Health Care and Illness
  • SOCI 498: Senior Seminar

Selected Publications:

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2012. Writing Feminist Research. Pp. 475-494 in Handbook of Feminist Research Methods 2nd ed., edited by S. Hesse-Biber. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Wertz, Frederick J., Kathy Charmaz, Linda M. McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, Rosemarie Anderson, and Emalinda McSpadden. 2011. Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry. New York: Guilford.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2010.  Disclosing Illness and Disability in the Workplace.  Journal of International Education in Business 3(1/2): 6-19.

  • Morse, Janice, Phyllis Stern, Juliet Corbin, Barbara Bowers, Kathy Charmaz, and Adele Clarke. 2009. Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2009. “Recollecting Good and Bad Days.” Pp. 48-62 in Ethnographies Revisited: Constructing Theory in the Field, edited by A. Puddephatt, W. Shaffir, and S. Kleinknecht. London and New York: Routledge.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2008. “Views from the Margins: Voices, Silences, and Suffering.” Qualitative Research in Psychology 5(1):7-18.

  • Bryant, Antony and Kathy Charmaz (Eds.). 2007. Handbook of Grounded Theory. London: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2006. Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis. London: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2000. “Grounded Theory Methodology: Objectivist and Constructivist Qualitative Methods.” Pp. 509-535 in Handbook of Qualitative Research 2nd ed., edited by N. K. Denzin and Y. Lincoln. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 1991. Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.