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date: 15 October 2019

(p. xi) About the Editors

(p. xi) About the Editors

Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Sharlene Janice Nagy Hesse-Biber is professor of sociology and the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has published widely on the impact of sociocultural factors on women’s body image, including her book Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity (Oxford, 1996), which was selected as one of Choice magazine’s best academic books for 1996. She recently published The Cult of Thinness (Oxford, 2007). She is the coauthor of Working Women in America: Split Dreams (Oxford, 2000, 2005). She is coeditor of Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader (Oxford, 1999), Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice (Oxford, 2004), and Emergent Methods in Social Research (SAGE, 2006). She is coauthor of The Practice of Qualitative Research (SAGE, 2006; second edition, 2010). She is editor of the Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (SAGE, 2007, 2012), which was selected as one of the Critics’ Choice Award winners by the American Education Studies Association and was also chosen as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic titles for 2007. She is editor of Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (SAGE, 2014). She is coeditor of the Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford, 2008). She is a contributor to the Handbook of Grounded Theory (SAGE, 2008) as well the SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods Research (SAGE, 2nd edition, 2010). She is author of Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice (Guilford, 2010). She has recently published a monograph, Waiting for Cancer to Come: Genetic Testing and Women’s Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer (University of Michigan Press, 2014). She is codeveloper of the software program HyperRESEARCH, a computer-assisted program for analyzing qualitative data, and the new transcription tool HyperTRANSCRIBE. A fully functional free demo of these programs is available at This website provides links to a free teaching edition for both programs.

R. Burke Johnson

R. Burke Johnson is a professor in the Department of Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama. He earned his PhD from the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics Program at the University of Georgia. He also has master’s degrees in psychology, sociology, and public administration/public policy, providing him a multidisciplinary perspective on theory and (p. xii) research methodology. He is coauthor or coeditor of six books (including the present handbook). He was guest editor for two special issues on mixed methods research, one for the American Behavioral Scientist and the other for Research in the Schools ( He was on the editorial board of the Educational Researcher and was an associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research in its early years. Burke is interested in all areas of methodology, including its history and the philosophy of social science.