Dr. Lisa A. Mazzei

Dr. Lisa A. Mazzei: Biography and CV

Dr. Lisa Mazzei

Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies

Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies

Visiting Research Fellow, Education & Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Office hours: 4-6pm on days that I teach and also by appointment

CV: complete version attached as PDF


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Office: Tilford 224

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave. MSC Box 2616
Spokane, WA 99258-2616

Academic Information:

1996 Ph.D.  The Ohio State University, Educational Policy and Leadership Instructional Design and Technology (major)

Qualitative Studies in Education (minor)

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (minor)

Dissertation: White Wash: The Absent Presence of Race Among White Educators

1984 M.A. The Ohio State University

Adult Education (major)

Training and Development (minor)

1983 B.A. Marshall University, magna cum laude

Marketing Education (major)

Select Publications


Jackson, A.Y. & Mazzei, L.A. (forthcoming 2011). Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Using Epistemological Frameworks in the Production of Meaning. London: Routledge.
Jackson, A.Y. & Mazzei, L.A. (Eds.). (2009). Voice in qualitative inquiry: Challenging conventional, interpretive, and critical conceptions in qualitative research. London: Routledge.
Mazzei, L.A. (2007) Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research: Putting poststructural theory to work. New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters

Mazzei, L.A. (2010). Silence speaks: Whiteness revealed in the absence of voice. In Qualitative Research Methods in Education (Four-Volume Set). Harry Torrance, (Ed.). London: Sage Publications.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Mazzei, L.A. (in press). Desiring Silence: Gender, Race, and Pedagogy in Education. British Educational Research Journal.
Mazzei, L.A. (2010). Thinking Data with Deleuze. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23 (5).
Jackson, A.Y. & Mazzei, L.A. (2008). Experience and “I” in Autoethnography: A Deconstruction. International Review of Qualitative Research, 1(3), 299-318. Invited submission.
Mazzei, L.A. (2008). “Silence Speaks: Whiteness Revealed In the Absence of Voice," Teaching and Teacher Education, 24(5), 1125-1136.
Mazzei, L.A. (2004). "Silent Listenings: Deconstructive Practices in Discourse-
Based Research," Educational Researcher, 33 (2), 26-34. 
Mazzei, L.A. (2003). “Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Inquiry: In Pursuit of a  Muffled Subtext,” Qualitative Inquiry, 9 (3), 355-368. 

Courses taught/teaching:

Leadership Theory
Leadership & Feminist Theory
Principles of Research
Scholarship & Dissertation Framework
Qualitative Research: Theory & Design 
Advanced Qualitative Research: Analysis & Representation

Research interests:

Her research interests center on poststructural theories of language and meaning and applying those theories to narrative and voice in qualitative research, racial identity and awareness among white educators and how silences are produced, and a feminist critique of leadership. 

Prose biography:

Dr. Mazzei joined the doctoral faculty as an Associate Professor in September 2010. Prior to her appointment, she spent three years as a Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in the United Kingdom where she maintains a post as a Visiting Research Fellow. Before moving to the UK she was Associate Professor of Education at Ohio Dominican University, a Catholic, Dominican university located in Columbus, Ohio.
She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from The Ohio State University in Educational Policy and Leadership with a major in Instructional Design and Technology and minors in Qualitative Studies in Education and Social and Cultural Foundations of Education.  She has published two books, Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research, and Voice in Qualitative Inquiry (edited with Alecia Jackson). She is currently co-authoring a third book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research, (with Alecia Jackson) to be published by Routledge in 2011. In addition, she serves on the editorial board for the International Review of Qualitative Research, is completing a three-year term as Program Co-Chair for the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and has published articles appearing in numerous international journals. 
Her greatest joy (besides her wonderful students) is her husband Phillip, her two cats, exploring the beauty and bounty of the Inland Northwest, and the support she has received from her colleagues. While she does not have a “favorite” quote, she does particularly appreciate the following offered by Amos Oz:
Whenever war is called peace, where oppression and persecution are referred to as security, and assassination is called liberation, the defilement of language precedes and prepares for the defilement of life and dignity.