Professor Kathy Charmaz

Professor Kathy Charmaz
Participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program, Teaching Fall Semesters Only
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Director, Faculty Writing Program
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Contact Information:

Email: kathy.charmaz@sonoma.edu
Voicemail: 707.664.3955
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-G

Areas of Expertise:

Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Health and Illness, Aging and Dying

Academic Interests:

Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University in which she helps faculty with their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited nine books including Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry; Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, and Health, Illness, and Healing: Society, Social Context and Self as well as two award-winning books, Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis, and Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. Dr. Charmaz writes numerous chapters and articles on qualitative research methods and also publishes in the areas of social psychology and writing for publication. Currently, she is co-editing a four-volume set for Sage Publications and is revising her book, Constructing Grounded Theory, for a second edition.

Dr. Charmaz has served as President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, President of the Pacific Sociological Association, and Editor of Symbolic Interaction. She has received the Feminist Mentors Award and George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. For the past decade, Dr. Charmaz has been a frequent keynote speaker and seminar presenter.  She gave a recent address at the British Sociological Association’s medical sociology conference and lectured at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg. In addition, she regularly teaches professional development classes and workshops for graduate students and faculty on grounded theory methods and academic writing at ResearchTalk. As an undergraduate sociology teacher, Dr. Charmaz has an enduring interest in helping SSU students improve their writing and analytic skills and prepare for graduate school.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 315: Socialization
  • SOCI 317: Emotions and Adult Life
  • SOCI 319: Aging and Society
  • SOCI 326: Social Psychology
  • SOCI 332: Death and American Culture
  • SOCI 375: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 418: Methods Seminar: Social Development of the Self
  • SOCI 452: Methods Seminar: Health Care and Illness
  • SOCI 498: Senior Seminar

Selected Publications:

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2012. Writing Feminist Research. Pp. 475-494 in Handbook of Feminist Research Methods 2nd ed., edited by S. Hesse-Biber. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Wertz, Frederick J., Kathy Charmaz, Linda M. McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, Rosemarie Anderson, and Emalinda McSpadden. 2011. Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry. New York: Guilford.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2010.  Disclosing Illness and Disability in the Workplace.  Journal of International Education in Business 3(1/2): 6-19.

  • Morse, Janice, Phyllis Stern, Juliet Corbin, Barbara Bowers, Kathy Charmaz, and Adele Clarke. 2009. Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2009. “Recollecting Good and Bad Days.” Pp. 48-62 in Ethnographies Revisited: Constructing Theory in the Field, edited by A. Puddephatt, W. Shaffir, and S. Kleinknecht. London and New York: Routledge.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2008. “Views from the Margins: Voices, Silences, and Suffering.” Qualitative Research in Psychology 5(1):7-18.

  • Bryant, Antony and Kathy Charmaz (Eds.). 2007. Handbook of Grounded Theory. London: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2006. Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis. London: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 2000. “Grounded Theory Methodology: Objectivist and Constructivist Qualitative Methods.” Pp. 509-535 in Handbook of Qualitative Research 2nd ed., edited by N. K. Denzin and Y. Lincoln. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Charmaz, Kathy. 1991. Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.