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Gaile S. Cannella Independent Scholar

Gaile S. Cannella is an independent scholar who for many years served as a tenured Full Professor at Texas A&M University – College Station and at Arizona State University – Tempe, as well as the Velma Schmidt Endowed Chair of Education at the University of North Texas.  Her scholarship focuses on diverse constructions of critical qualitative inquiry, reconceptualist and critical childhood studies, and justice broadly related to childhood, support for diversity, environmental studies and human/nonhuman conceptualizations and power orientations.  Dr. Cannella’s work has appeared in more than 100 chapters and journal articles; she has authored or edited 11 books that include Childhood in More Just Worlds: An International Handbook; the Critical Qualitative Research Reader; Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education; Critical Qualitative Inquiry Foundations and Futures; and Childhood and Postcolonialism. She focuses on facilitating the work of critical scholars through both edited volumes and special journal issues and has initiated research projects that explore topics like racism in qualitative research, liminalities and hybrid lives, and justice matters(ings). Her doctoral students have received a range of national and international dissertation awards. Dr. Cannella also received the 2017 Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care Bloch Career Award.