About Dr. Gnanadass
Edith Gnanadass has a Ph.D. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are race and learning, Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a framework to analyze learning, DesiCrit, racialized experience of South Asian Americans, qualitative research, and adult literacy. She is currently completing a book chapter on gender and feminism in distance education, for the Handbook of Distance of Education. Previously, she worked at the Goodling Institute for Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State.
She has taught courses on adult literacy, family literacy, adult education, feminist theory, racialized sexuality, and research in adult and higher education at Penn State and University of Houston - Victoria. She has over 20 years of professional experience in adult, early childhood, and higher education working with diverse populations. This experience in the field combined with her research and teaching in adult education and women’s studies gives her a broad perspective on both practical and theoretical issues of the field.