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Lisbeth A. Berbary

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Lisbeth A. Berbary is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research specializing in qualitative research methodologies. She earned her Ph.D in Leisure Studies at the University of Georgia with graduate certificates in both interdisciplinary qualitative research and womenís studies. Her overall line of inquiry uses critical and post-structural feminist theory to deconstruct how individuals participating in community spaces negotiate issues of stigma, stereotype, and discrimination in relation to both traditional and alternative notions of gender, race, ability, class, and sexuality. The intent of such research is to show the complexity of individuals' negotiations of subjectivity, to complicate the myth of "innocuous" leisure space, and to illuminate the potential for us all to "see" how we are disciplined, challenge that discipline, and open up different and new possibilities of viable social existence. This agenda is apparent in her work that explored discourses of femininity within sororities and utilized creative analytic practice to construct an ethnographic screenplay that represented the complexities of gender performativity and discursive discipline within sorority spaces. She has taught classes in the fields of qualitative research, social theory, leisure studies, therapeutic recreation, inclusion, and womenís studies. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Qualitative Research, Designing Qualitative Research, Qualitative Methods and Analysis, and Writing up Qualitative Research. She serves as an associate editor for Leisure Sciences, is affiliate faculty for the Center for Research on Women, and is the advisor of the graduate Qualitative Inquiry Circle (QUIC) and Subjectivist Reading Group in the School of Education.


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