Patti Lather is a leader in feminist research, qualitative methodology and postmodern theories in education. Among her many honors are the Lifetime Achievement Award from Curriculum Division (B) as well as being elected an AERA Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) As a professor of cultural foundations, Lather has taught qualitative research, feminist methodology, and gender and education in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership since 1988.
Her books have received critical acclaim: 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); and Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (2008 Critics Choice Award). Her newest book is Engaging Science: Policy from the Side of the Messy (2010).
She has lectured widely 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.
Lather 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 to the Humanities Research Institute, University of California-Irvine, for a seminar on feminist research methodology. She received a Fullbright to New Zealand in 1989.
She received her B.A. in English from South Dakota State University (1970), her M.A. in American studies from Purdue (1972), and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University (1983). Prior to joining The Ohio State University faculty, she taught women’s studies at Mankato State University in Minnesota.