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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Meagan Call-Cummings
PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington
Associate Professor
Research Methodology

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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Colgan Hall
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 6D2
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Call-Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Methodology in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.  She specializes in critical, participatory, and feminist methodologies.  

Research Interests
  • Critical, Feminist, Qualitative methodologies
  • Participatory Action Research and Youth Participatory Action Research
  • Participatory Evaluation
  • Photovoice
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Research in schools/with youth/with communities on issues that are of concern for youth, teachers, parents, administrators, communities, etc.
  • Creation, implementation, and evaluation of local- and school-level policies that promote equity, justice, peace, understanding.
Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Call-Cummings, M., Hauber-Özer, M., & Dazzo, G. (2019). Examining researcher identity development within the context of a course on PAR: A layered narrative approach. The Qualitative Report, 24(9), 2178-2196. 

Call-Cummings, M. & Dennis, B. (2019). Participation as entangled self-assertion. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(2), Art. 24.

Call-Cummings, M., Hauber-Özer, M., Byers, C., & Mancuso, G. (2019). The power of/in photovoice. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 42(4), 399-413.

Call-Cummings, M., Hauber-Özer, M., & Ross, K. (2019). Struggling with/against the unintentional reproduction of power structures in participatory research: Using reconstructive horizon analysis. Action Research. Advance online publication.

Call-Cummings, M., Dennis, B., & Martinez, S. (2019). The role of researcher in participatory inquiry: Modeling intra-active reflexivity in conversational reflections. Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, 19(1), 68-76.

Ross, K. & Call-Cummings, M. (2018). Acknowledging and transcending “failure”:  Lifeworld possibilities and system constraints. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 22(1), 98-109.

Schertz, H. H., Call-Cummings, M., Horn, K., Quest, K., & Law, R. S. (2018). Social and instrumental interaction between parents and their toddlers with autism: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Early Intervention, 40(1), 20-38.

Call-Cummings, M. (2018). Claiming power by producing knowledge: The empowering potential of PAR in the classroom. Educational Action Research, 26(3), 385-402.

Call-Cummings, M. (2017). “It’s too political”: The overt and covert silencing of critical Latino/a voices. Latino Studies, 15(4), 532-540.

Call-Cummings, M. (2017). Establishing communicative validity: Discovering theory through practice. Qualitative Inquiry, 23(3), 192-200.

Call-Cummings, M., & Martinez, S. (2016). Consciousness-raising or unintentionally oppressive? Potential negative consequences of photovoice. The Qualitative Report, 21(5), 798-810. Retrieved from

Call-Cummings, M., & Martinez, S. (2016). “It wasn’t racism; it was more misunderstanding.” White teachers, Latino/a students, and racial battle fatigue. Race Ethnicity and Education, 20(4), 1-14.

Call-Cummings, M. & James, C. (2015). Empowerment for whom? Empowerment for what? Lessons from a participatory action research project. Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research, 17(2).

Call-Cummings, M., & Hook, M. R. (2015). Endorsing empowerment? A critical comparative study of peace education in Jamaica and Peru. Journal of Peace Education, 12(1), 92-108.

Book Chapters: 

Call-Cummings, M., Hauber-Özer, M., & Rainey, J. (in press). Preparing critical educators and community-engaged scholars through participatory action research.  In A. Zimmerman (Ed.), Preparing Students for Community-Engaged Scholarship in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Call-Cummings, M., Manion, C., & Shah, P. (in press). Interrogating and innovating CIE research: Setting the stage. In C. Manion, E. Anderson, S. Baily, M. Call-Cummings, R. Iyengar, P. Shah, & M. Wittenstein (Eds.), Interrogating and innovating CIE research: Decolonizing practices for inclusive, safe spaces. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Baily, S., Scotto-Lavino, E., & Call-Cummings, M. (in press). Implications for methodology. Towards more equitable futures. In C. Manion, E. Anderson, S. Baily, M. Call-Cummings, R. Iyengar, P. Shah, & M. Wittenstein (Eds.), Interrogating and innovating CIE research: Decolonizing practices for inclusive, safe spaces. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Call-Cummings, M. & Ross, K. (2019). Re-positioning power and re-imagining reflexivity: Examining positionality and building validity through reconstructive horizon analysis. In K. Strunk & L. Locke (Eds.), Research methods for social justice and equity in education. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Call-Cummings, M. & Hauber-Özer, M. (2018). The potential for (participatory) action research for school leaders, local policy makers, and university-based researchers. In C. Lochmiller (Ed.) Complimentary research methods for educational leadership and policy studies (pp. 121-140). New York, NY: Springer.**

Call-Cummings, M. (2017). Case study 3: One moment of participatory data analysis. In H. Kidwai, R. Iyenghar, M. Witenstein, & E. Byker (Eds.), Participatory action research and educational development: South Asian perspectives (pp. 247-254). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.**

Baily, S., Shah, P., & Call-Cummings, M. (2016). Reframing the center: New directions in qualitative methodology in international comparative education. In A. W. Wiseman & E. Anderson (Eds.), Annual review of comparative and international education 2015 (pp. 139-164). Bingley, England: Emerald Publishing.

Call-Cummings, M. & Abrikian, J. (2013). Jamaica’s path to peace and love in society. In I. Harris (Ed.), Peace education from the grassroots (pp. 1-19). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Under Review/In Revision

Call-Cummings, M., Dazzo, G., Beardsley, L., & Blibo, J. (under review). Performance as transformation/transformative: Problematizing performance in PAR. Action Research.

Call-Cummings, M., Shannon, Ú., & Buttimer, C. (under review). PAR in schools: Exploring issues of ownership and answerability across three cases. Harvard Education Review.

Hauber-Özer, M. & Call-Cummings, M. (under review). Empowerment or exposure? Ethical dilemmas of PAR with vulnerable migrants. Qualitative Research Journal.

Ross, K. & Call-Cummings, M. (under final review). Teaching failures. International Journal of Research and Method in Education.


Manion, C., Anderson, E., Baily, S., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar, R., Shah, P., & Wittenstein, M. (in press). Interrogating and Innovating CIE research: Decolonizing practices for inclusive, safe spaces. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Cushman, K., Zenkov, K., & Call-Cummings, M. (under contract). New fires in our lives: Advice for teachers from high school students. New York, NY: The New Press.

Call-Cummings, M., Dazzo, G., & Hauber-Özer, M. (in review). Critical Participatory Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Introduction and Guide. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Press.