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Research as Praxis: Researching Up: Studying People and Institutions of Power

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Haas Center, DK Room

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing their skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Sessions will be held over lunch. Please check the website for location confirmation:

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This particular workshop will examine the question: What are ethical considerations when considering research with people in positions of power and do they differ from those when working with vulnerable populations? How does one navigate researcher positionality when researching powerful institutions? What legal and safety concerns should be considered?  


Dr. Rebecca Tarlau is an Assistant Professor of Education and Labor and Employment Relations and is affiliated with the Center for Global Workers’ Rights. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from the University of California Berkeley. Her ethnographic research agenda has three broad areas of focus: (1) Theories of the State and State-Society Relations; (2) Social movements, Labor Education, and critical pedagogy; (3) Latin American education and development. Rebecca has spent extensive time living in Latin America and has worked as a popular educator in a variety of social movement and union contexts. Her forthcoming book at Oxford University Press is on the educational initiatives of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), titled Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education. Her current research project examines teacher union organizing in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.

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Haas Center for Public Service
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