Dr. Patti Lather

Dr. Patti Lather, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor
The Ohio State University
College of Education & Human Ecology
Cultural Foundations, Technology, & Qualitative Inquiry

Office: 101B Ramseyer Hall
Phone: 614 505-6537 (home)

Email: lather.1@osu.edu
Mailing: 121 Ramseyer Hall, 29 W. Woodruff
Ohio State University, Columbus OH 43202


Patti Lather, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, has taught qualitative research, feminist methodology and gender and education at Ohio State University since 1988. She is the author of four books, Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern (1991 Critics Choice Award), Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS, co-authored with Chris Smithies (1998 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title), Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (2008 Critics Choice Award) and Engaging (Social) Science: Policy from the Side of the Messy (2010, 2011 Critics Choice Award).

Dr. Lather has lectured widely in international and national contexts and held a number of distinguished visiting lectureships. Her work examines various (post)critical, feminist, and poststructural theories, most recently with a focus on the implications for qualitative inquiry of the call for scientifically-based research in education. She has held visiting positions at the University of British Columbia, Goteborg University, York University, and the Danish Pedagogy Institute as well as a 1995 sabbatical appointment, Humanities Research Institute, University of California-Irvine, seminar on feminist research methodology. She was the recipient of a 1989 Fulbright to New Zealand. She is a 2009 inductee of the AERA Fellows.

Dr. Lather received her BA in English from South Dakota State University (1970), her MA in American Studies from Purdue (1972), and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University (1983). Prior to OSU, she taught in women’s studies at Mankato State University.

Vita 2014