Mixed Methods Research, Women and Body Image, Feminist Theory and Methods, Qualitative Methods, Micro-computing and Qualitative Data Analysis, Women’s Health.
Sharlene Janice Nagy Hesse-Biber is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has published widely on the impact of sociocultural factors on women’s body image, including her book Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity (Oxford, 1996), which was selected as one of Choice magazine’s best academic books in 1996. She also published The Cult of Thinness (Oxford, 2007).
She has also written widely on methodological and methods issues, including the role of technology and emergent methods in social research. She is co-editor of Emergent Methods in Social Research (Sage, 2006). She is co-author of The Practice of Qualitative Research (Sage, 2006; second edition, 2010; third edition, 2014). She is editor of the Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (Sage, 2007; 2012), which was selected as one of the Critics’ Choice Award winners by the American Education Studies Association and was also chosen as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic titles for 2007. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford, 2008). She is a contributor to the Handbook of Grounded Theory (Sage, 2008) as well the Handbook of Mixed Methods Research (Sage 2nd edition, 2010). She is author of Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice (Guilford, 2010). Her new edited book, The Practice of Feminist Research (Sage, 2014) will be available July, 2013.
Her co-edited Handbook of Mixed and Multimethod Research is forthcoming (Oxford, 2014) as well as her monograph on women and genetic testing, Waiting for Cancer to Come: Genetic Testing and Women’s Medical Decision Making for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, is forthcoming (early 2014) with The University of Michigan Press.
Professor Hesse-Biber is also co-developer of the software program HyperRESEARCH, a computer-assisted program for analyzing qualitative data, and the new transcription tool HyperTRANSCRIBE. View a fully functional free demo of these programs. This website provides links to a free teaching edition for both programs.
Courses Typically Taught
SC710 - Social Inquiry Research Seminar
SC510 - Mixed Methods Research
SC558 - Qualitative Research
SC509 - Feminist Research
SC063 - Women and the Body
SC505 - Beauty Fictions
SC593 - Transnational Feminisms
Professional Honors and Awards
Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity. Selected by Choice magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Books in 1996.
The Handbook of Feminist Research. A Choice magazine 2008 Outstanding Academic Title.
The Handbook of Feminist Research. Selected in 2007 as one of the Critics’ Choice Award Winners by the American Educational Studies Association.
Associate Editor, Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
Editorial Board, Sociological Methodology.
Editorial Board, Qualitative Health Research.
Rently Published Books/Forthcoming Books
Author. (forthcoming, 2014). Waiting for cancer to come. Genetic testing and women’s medical decision making for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Co-Author. (forthcoming, 2014). The Practice of Qualitative Research, 3rd Edition. Sage Publications.
Editor. (forthcoming, 2013). Feminist Research: A Primer, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications.
Editor. (2012). Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications.
Editor. (2011). Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Oxford University Press.
Author. (2010). Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice. New York: Guilford Press.
Co-Editor. (2008). Handbook of Emergent Methods in Social Research. New York: Guilford Press.
Recently Published Articles 2013/2012
Special Issue Co-Editor. (forthcoming, 2013). Mixed methods and credibility of evidence in evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 138.
Hesse-Biber, S. and Johnson, R.B. (2013). Coming at things differently: Future directions of possible engagement with mixed methods research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7(2), 103-109.
Hesse-Biber, S. and Griffin, A. (2013). Internet-mediated technologies and mixed methods research: Problems and prospects. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7(1), 43-61.
Hesse-Biber, S. (2012). Feminist approaches to triangulation: Uncovering subjugated knowledge and fostering social change in mixed methods research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 6(2), 137-146.
Hesse-Biber, S. (2012). Weaving a multimethodology and mixed methods praxis into randomized control trials to enhance credibility. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(10), 876-889.
Mertens, D.M. and Hesse-Biber, S. (2012). Triangulation and mixed methods research: Provocative positions. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 6, 75-79.