Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair

Welcome to the SIG! We are a vibrant community of scholars, teachers and advocates who are interested in the exploration of biography, archival, and documentary research in all its forms. We welcome diverse methodologies and creative forms of life writing, as well as classic biographical studies of educational figures across a range of learning landscapes. At the 2019 meeting in Toronto, Ontario, I stepped into the role of chair of the Biographical and Documentary Research SIG, a role I am happy to occupy. I have been a member of the SIG for many years and have served as the editor of our newsletter. Our first SIG organizational meeting was held at the 1990 AERA Conference in Chicago, where Craig Kridel worked to obtain the required number of necessary signatures to become a SIG. It was approved by AERA Central, and we held our first meeting at the 1991 conference. During the past three decades, we have hosted many wonderful sessions with presentations by Janet Miller, Jackie Blount, Studs Terkel, Louise DeSalvo, Maxine Greene, Philip Jackson, Harry Wolcott, Yvonna Lincoln, as well as by many of our own SIG members. We appreciate the efforts of so many who through the years have served as chairs, reviewers, discussants, and in other administrative roles, including long time members, Pamela Konkol, Lucy Bailey, Thalia Mulvilhill, Deron Boyles, and Niki Christodoulou. 

We welcome new members who engage in life writing and archival and documentary research to support the SIG and participate in developing our future trajectory as we head into a new year.  If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out!

I look forward to the upcoming years as SIG members continue to define and redefine the area of biographical and documentary research. Thank you for your support and allowing me to be a part of a wonderful research community.

KaaVonia Hinton, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Department of Teaching & Learning, Old Dominion University

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