Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Inquiry Award

July 11, 2017

Michelle Fine, PhD (Teachers College of Columbia University), is the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Inquiry Award."

Michelle Fine, PhD (Teachers College of Columbia University), is the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Inquiry Award. Fine is a distinguished professor of Critical Psychology; Women's studies; American Studies; and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Fine is a university teacher, educational activist and researcher who works on social justice projects with youth, women and men in prison, educators, and social movements on the ground. Fine taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981-1991, when she was co-director of the Philadelphia Schools Collaborative, a member of Women Organized Against Rape and the National Coalition for the Defense of Battered Women.

She has authored many classic texts, including books and articles on high school pushouts; adolescent sexuality (called the 'missing discourse of desire'); the impact of college in prison; the struggles and brilliance of the children of incarcerated adults; and the wisdom of Muslim American youth. She writes on the injustice of high-stakes testing, the racial abuse of mass incarceration of people of color and queer youth, and she loves to conduct research with young people who intimately know the scars of injustice and the laughter of surviving the streets of New York. A pioneer in the field of youth participatory action research, and a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project, Fine has been involved with a series of participatory studies with youth and elders from across different racial, ethnic and social class backgrounds to investigate circuits of dispossession, and circuits of critical resistance.