Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative research theory and design
  • Qualitative evaluation
  • Research with children


  • Philosophical hermeneutics
  • Analytical strategies across paradigms
  • Meaning-constitution
  • perception
  • and interpretation
  • Arts-informed methodologies



  •  PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods, 2001
    State University of New York at Albany


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Research Summary

I study and teach qualitative research and evaluation theories and methodologies. My research into different philosophically-informed research traditions has been to understand the variety of interpretive and critical strategies used to make sense of the world, to disrupt conventional ways of thinking about research and the social world, and to open up new theoretical and practical trajectories for qualitative research and evaluation.

*Freeman, M. (2017). Modes of thinking for qualitative data analysis. NY: Routledge.

*Freeman, M. (in press). Ethics as play in aesthetic encounters with young children. In C. M. Schulte (Ed.), Ethics and research with young children: New perspectives. NY: Bloomsbury.

*Freeman, M. (2019). The analytic rewards of materializing the effects of actor-networks. Qualitative Research, 19(4), 455-470.

*Freeman, M. (2019). Perturbing anticipation: Jazz, effective-history, dialogue, and the non-representational movement of hermeneutic understanding. Qualitative Inquiry. Online first.

Awards and Accolades

COE Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award

University of Georgia, 2014

COE Outstanding Teaching Award

University of Georgia, 2009