Dr. Aaron Kuntz
Department Head, Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
Associate Professor, Educational Research
- Educational Research
- Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
- Ed.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007, Educational Policy, Research, and Administration
- M.A. Northeastern University, 1998, English Literature
- B.A. Saint Michael’s College, 1996, English Literature; Minors: Gender Studies and Philosophy
Areas of Research
Critical qualitative inquiry
- Associate Professor of Qualitative Research Methodology, The University of Alabama, 2012 – Present.
- Program Coordinator, Educational Research, The University of Alabama, 2012 – Present.
- Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research Methodology, The University of Alabama, 2007 – 2012.
- Evaluation Specialist, National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance 2006 – 2007.
- Research Associate, Student Assessment, Research, & Evaluation Office, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005-2006.
- Research Consultant, Smith College, 2003-2007.
Dr. Aaron M. Kuntz is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama, where he currently serves as Program Coordinator for the PhD in Educational Research and teaches graduate courses in qualitative inquiry and foundations of education. As an engaged and collaborative scholar, Dr. Kuntz develops inquiry projects in local, national, and international arenas alongside professional colleagues, teachers, and community activists. His research interests include critical qualitative inquiry, academic activism and citizenship, critical geography, and philosophy of education.
Dr. Kuntz’s research agenda focuses on theorizing and developing “materialist methodologies” – ways of producing knowledge that take seriously the theoretical deliberations of critical theory, postmodernism, and poststructuralism that have emerged in social theory over the past fifty years. He grounds this methodological theorizing in empirical questions about the production of inquiry in the K-16 arena, faculty work and activism in postsecondary institutions, and the impact of the built environment on learning. Dr. Kuntz’s publications appear in such diverse journals as Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural StudiesßàCritical Methodologies, the Journal of Language and Politics, The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Higher Education Policy, and others. Alongside colleagues from the Disruptive Dialogue Project, Dr. Kuntz co-authored Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Implications, Negotiations, and Responsibilities (Jossey-Bass Publishers) as part of the ASHE Higher Education Report Series.
Dr. Kuntz’s co-edited volume Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives, Local Practices (with John Petrovic) will be published in spring, 2014 with Routledge Press. He is currently writing a book on educational inquiry, methodological responsibility, and social justice practices entitled Critical Qualitative Work: Methodology, Truth-Telling, Activism (Left Coast Press).
Dr. Kuntz currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Review of Higher Education and as President-Elect of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.