Past Award Winners

2022 Congress Award Winners

2022 Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award


 Winner: Maya Lefkowich, Disruptive Stories and Cautionary Tales: An Anti-Oppressive Autoethnography on Digital Storytelling

Honorable Mention: Matthew Adamson, Bodies at play: On the ludic dimensions of human embodiment


Winner: Penelope Sanz, Mining in Other People’s Land: The Unintended Consequences of Mineral Liberalization in Subanon Land in Mindanao, Philippines

Honorable Mention: Doo Jae Park, Worlding Through Popular Culture: Sport as a Race/Ethno Making Project in Korean America

2022 Outstanding Qualitative Book Award


Lengelle, R. (2020). Writing the Self in Bereavement: A Story of Love, Spousal Loss, and Resilience. London & New York: Routledge.

Honorable Mentions:

Davies, B. (2020). Entanglement in the World’s Becoming and the Doing of New Materialist Inquiry. London & New York: Routledge.

Rhee, J. (2020). Decolonial Feminist Research: Haunting, Rememory and Mothers. London & New York: Routledge.

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry for dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and practice

Tami Spry

2022 Special Career Award

C. Darius Stonebanks

Past Congresses

5-7 May 2005

Qualitative Inquiry in a Time of Global Uncertainty

Keynotes: Janice Morse, Linda Tuhiwai Smith

4-6 May 2006

Ethics, Politics, and Human Subject Research

Keynotes: Marie Battiste, Michelle Fine

2-5 May 2007

Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence

Keynotes: Julianne Cheek, D. Soyini Madison

14-17 May 2008

Ethics, Evidence, and Social Justice

Keynotes: Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ian Stronach

20-23 May 2009

Advancing Human Rights Through Qualitative Research

Keynotes: Antjie Krog, Frederick Erickson

26-29 May 2010

Qualitative Inquiry For a Global Community in Crisis

Keynotes: Cynthia B. Dillard, Isamu Ito

18-21 May 2011

Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Advocacy

Keynotes: Michal Krumer-Nevo, John H. Stanfield, II

16-19 May 2012

Qualitative Inquiry as a Global Endeavour

Keynotes: Sarah Delamont, Paul Atkinson

15-18 May 2013

Qualitative Inquiry Outside the Academy

Keynotes: Laurel Richardson, Russell Bishop

21-24 May 2014

Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research

Keynotes: Uwe Flick, Patti Lather

20-23 May 2015

Constructing a New Critical Qualitative Inquiry

Keynotes: Margaret Kovach, Kathy Charmaz

18-21 May 2016

Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times

Keynotes: Maggie MacLure, Johnny Saldaña

17-20 May 2017

Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere

Keynotes: Susan Finley, Graham Hingangaroa Smith

16-19 May 2018

Qualitative Inquiry in Troubled Times

Keynotes: Bronwyn Davies, Karen M. Staller

15-18 May 2019

Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Resistance

Keynotes: Elizabeth St.Pierre, Aitor Gómez González

May 2021

Collaborative Futures in Qualitative Inquiry

Keynotes: Ronald J. Pelias  Bryant Keith Alexander and Mary E. Weems

Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award Winners


Traditional: Jessica Polzer, University of Toronto

Experimental: Dalene M. Swanson, University of British Columbia


Traditional: Dixiane Hallaj, George Mason University

Experimental: Gurjit Sandhu, Queen’s University, Kingston


Traditional: Mariana Cavalcanti Rocha dos Santos, University of Chicago

Experimental: Nicole Defenbaugh, Southern Illinois University

Honorable Mention: Aisha Durham, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Traditional: Carrie Friese, University of California, San Francisco

Honorable Mention: Chad William Timm, Iowa State University

Experimental: Robin Boylorn, University of South Florida

Honorable Mention: Samuel P. L. Veissière, McGill University 

Ken Gale and Jonathan Wyatt, University of Bristol


Traditional: Lfeoma Ann Amah, UCLA

Mixed-Methods: Sara B. Dykins Callahan, University of South Florida

Experimental: Mansha Mirza, University of Illinois at Chicago


Traditional: Sharalyn Jordan

Honorable Mention: Toni Shorter Smith, Ohio State University

Experimental: Kristia Bruce Amatucci, University of Georgia

Honorable Mention: Tony Adams, University of South Florida


Traditional and Mixed-Methods: Manijeh Badiee, University of 


Honorable Mention: Mara Casey Tieken, Harvard University

Experimental: Hilary Hughes-Decatur, University of Georgia 

Honorable Mention: Susan Naomi Nordstrom, University of Georgia


Traditional: Ellen Block, University of Michigan

Honorable Mention: Michele K. Donnelly, McMaster University; Randall F. Clemens, University of Southern California Experimental: Rebecca Mercado Thornton, Ohio University

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Self, University of Washington; Gina Paese, St. John’s University


Traditional: Urmitapa Dutta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honorable Mentions: Brenda McPhail, University of Toronto

Experimental: Geo Takach, University of Calgary

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Cone, Columbia University


Traditional: Chaunetta Jones, Rutgers University

Experimental: Graham Lea, University of British Columbia

Honorable Mention: Category A: Experimental: Lisa Armitage, University of Western Sydney


Traditional: Uchenna Baker, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Honorable Mention: Amanda Tachine, Arizona State University

Experimental (co-winners): David Bright, University of Queensland; Rachel Liebert, City of University of New York


Traditional: Erin Parke, University of South Florida.

Shuning Liu, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Experimental: Dominique C. Hill, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Traditional: Jennifer James

Experimental: Nancy Emilce Carvajal Medina


Traditional: Pengfei Zhao

Traditional, Honorable Mention: Brynn Adamson

Experimental: Tanja Burkhard

Experimental, Honorable mention: Julia C. Persky


Traditional: Na Ri Shin

Experimental: Maureen Flint


Traditional: Theresa Amalia Burruel Stone

Traditional, Honorable mention: Marcelina Piotrowski

Experimental: Katie Beavan

Experimental, Honorable mention: Jody Thomson

Special Career Award in Qualitative Inquiry for dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and practice


Harry F. Wolcott, University of Oregon


Robert Stake, University of Illinois, Mitch Allen


Patricia Leavy

Olivia Inés Sanhueza Alvardo

Landmark Achievement Award


Howard S. Becker


Stacy Holman Jones & Cesar Cisneros Puebla

Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry for dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and practice


Norman K. Denzin


Yvonna S. Lincoln


Janice M. Morse


Carolyn Ellis


Laurel Richardson


Judith Preissle


Patti Lather


Arthur P. Bochner


Ronald J. Pelias


Kathy Charmaz


Uwe Flick


Kim Etherington


John M. Johnson

Outstanding Qualitative Book Award


Carolyn Ellis. (2009) Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 

Honorable Mention: 

Mary L. Gray. (2009) Out in the country: Youth, media, and queer visibility in rural America. New York: New York University Press.

Pat Sikes and Heather Piper. (2010) Researching sex and lies in the classroom: Allegations of sexual misconduct in schools. New York and London: Routledge. 



Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (2010) Staging strife: Lessons from performing ethnography with Polish Roma women. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Marilyn Metta, (2010) Writing against, alongside and beyond memory: Lifewriting as reflexive, poststructuralist feminist research practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Honorable Mention:

Viv Martin, (2010) Developing a narrative approach to healthcare research. Oxford, UK: Radcliffe. 


Celine-Marie Pascale. (2011) Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Methodologies. Sage Publications.

Honorable Mention:

Andrea Dyrness. (2011) Mothers United: An Immigrant Struggle for Socially Just Education. University of Minnesota Press.


Donna West. (2012) Signs of hope: Deafhearing family life. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Honorable Mention:

Mary M. Gergen, and Kenneth J. Gergen. (2012) Playing with purpose: Adventures in performative social science. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Martin Packer. (2011) The Science of qualitative research. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.


Robin Boylorn. (2013) Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resistance. New York, Peter Lang.

Honorable mention: 

Laurel Richardson. (2013) After a Fall: A Sociomedical Sojurn. Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.

Ricardo Castro-Salazar & Carl Bagley. (2012) Navigating Borders: Critical Race Theory Research and Counter History of Undocumented Americans. New York: Peter Lang.


Arthur Bochner. (2014) Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences. Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.

Honorable Mention:

Kristine Munoz. (2014) Transcribing Silence: Culture, Relationships, and Communications. Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.

Devika Chawla. (2014) Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition. New York, Fordham University Press.

Bronwyn Davies. (2014) Listening to Children: Being and Becoming. London, Routledge.


Alisse Waterston. (2014) My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century. NY: Routledge.

Jane Speedy. (2015). Staring at the Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic Inquiry. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.


K. Bhattatharya, & N. K. Gillen (2016). Power, Race, and Higher Education A Cross-Cultural Parallel Narrative. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Honorable Mention:

Tami Spry (2016). Autoethnography and the Other: Unsettling Power Through Utopian Performatives. New York: Routledge.


Anderson, P. (2017). Autobiography of a disease. New York & London: Routledge.

Honorable mention:

de Rond, M. (2017). Doctors at war: Life and death in a field hospital. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Ellingson, L. L. (2017). Embodiment in qualitative research. New York & London: Routledge.



Denzin, N. (2018). Performance autoethnography: Critical pedagogy and the politics of culture. (2nd ed.). London & New York. Routledge. 

Ellis, Carolyn. (2018). Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness. (Revised & expanded ed.). Philadelphia, Rome & Tokyo: Temple University Press.

Honorable mention:

Bhatia, S. (2018). Decolonizing psychology: Globalization, social justice, and Indian youth identities. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gullion, J. S. (2018). Diffractive ethnography: Social sciences and the ontological turn. New York & London: Routledge.



Wyatt, J. (2019). Therapy, stand-up, and the gesture of writing. New York & London: Routledge.

Honarable mention:

Holman Jones, S., & Harris, A. M. (2019). Queering autoethnography. New York & London: Routledge.

Kuntz, A. M. (2019). Qualitative inquiry, cartography, and the promise of material change. London & New York: Routledge.

Richardson, L. (2019). Lone twin: A true story of loss and found. Leiden & Boston: Brill Sense.



Edwards, E. B., & Esposito, J. (2020). Intersectional analysis as a method to analyze popular culture: Clarity in the matrix. Routledge.

Honorable mention:

Faulkner, S. L. (2020). Poetic inquiry: Craft, method and practice (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Outstanding Book in Spanish or Portuguese


Fernando Peñaranda Correa et al.(2011). Educación para la salud: una mirada alternativa al modelo biomédico. La praxis como fundamento de una educación dialógica. Medellín, Colombia: La Carreta Editores.


Maria do Mar Pereira. ‘FazendoGénero no Recreio. A negociaçao do géneroemespaço escolar (Making Gender at playtime. Negotiating gender in school space.) Lisboa: Imprensa de CiênciasSociais, 2012.


João Amado. (2014). Manual de Investigação Qualitativa em Educação (Handbook of Qualitative Inquiry in Education). Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra / Coimbra University Press


Ana Caetano. Pensar na vida. Biografias e reflexividade individual. Lisboa, Portugal: Editora Mundos Sociais – Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia. Instituto Universitario de Lisboa. First edition, 2016. 

Emerging Indigenous Research/Scholar Award


Elizabeth Fast, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Youth Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


Robert Henry


Early Career: Jillian Fish, Lana Ray, Jennifer Markides

Outstanding Indigenous Graduate Student Scholar Award


Mariel Belanger, MFA Candidate Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus


Doctoral Graduate Student Award: Cherry Smiley

Masters Graduate Student Award: Brooke Deer


Doctoral Graduate Student Award: Danielle Bird


Dr. Sarag Wright Cardinal

Jamie Folsom

Melissa Shouting

Dr. Carmen Parter