Select Books, Articles, and Chapter Publications 

The following are select publications, many of which incorporate academic coaching, collaboration and mentorship of early career researchers, as well as open access outlets to create more equitable and inclusive outputs. For additional information, publications and projects, see ResearchGate and

Praise for Leading Change in Gender and Diversity from Margins to Mainstream (2022)

A gallery of images showcasing the contributors to Leading Change in Gender and Diversity in Higher Education from Margins to Mainstream

As the lead editor for this, I’m honored to share this new book which provides international insights and recommendations around topics of gender and diversity in higher education linking to larger societal goals of improving equality.

“This volume is an important read for all who care about improving gender equality and social justice in higher education. It sheds useful light on the gendered experiences of students, staff, and faculty with various intersecting aspects of identity in particular cultural contexts. Individually and collectively, the chapters amplify the voices of individuals who are too often marginalized or overlooked in higher education and offer useful insights for higher education leaders, policymakers, researchers, and students who seek to better appreciate diverse perspectives and create inclusive environments where all people can thrive.”

Laura Perna, Vice Provost for Faculty, GSE Centennial Presidential Professor of Education, Executive Director, Penn AHEAD, University of Pennsylvania

“This is a gem of a book – a huge diversity of scholars tackling the complex issues of inequity of higher education from a range of perspectives and approaches, with intersectionality and post/decolonisation of higher education cultures and practices at the forefront.”

Barbara Read, Reader, Gender and Social Inequalities School of Education,University of Glasgow

“Leading Change in Gender and Diversity in Higher Education From Margins to Mainstream offers a much-needed contribution to the scholarship on gender equity in higher education. Its main strength is the diversity of perspectives and countries represented; from Australia to Cambodia and from Nigeria to India, the chapter authors each consider how gender is reproduced and sometimes resisted in different contexts. In doing so, the authors contribute to the book’s overarching goal: to consider how social justice and gender equity might be furthered in creating space for marginalized groups’ empowerment.”

Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education, University of Buffalo

Questions in Qualitative Social Justice Research in Multicultural Contexts (2021) 

CohenMiller and Boivin take readers on an accessible and inspiring journey to critically self-reflect on current or future research practices to encourage and facilitate greater equity, inclusion, and social justice in qualitative research.

Review of the book by Norma Romm can be read here.


“Questions in Qualitative Social Justice Research in Multicultural Contextsis an outstanding text for conducting social-justice oriented qualitative research in today’s world. Special features such as “reflections for the field” written by leading researchers add a layer of depth to this book. Thoughtfully organized, well-written, with timely examples, this text will serve students and researchers well.”

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., author of Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Approaches

Questions in Qualitative Social Justice Research in Multicultural Contexts, authored by Anna CohenMiller and Nettie Boivin, is a unique textbook that provides a much-needed guide to help researchers engage in reflexivity and criticality. By providing a resource for readers to arrive at thought-provoking questions, including questions that represent the 5W1H (also known as Six Ws), this dynamic and timely book will help researchers to identify their positionality, as well as to understand the role that it plays in their meaning-making processes. Further, by focusing on social justice, ethics, and online research, this book will inspire researchers to consider their roles, affect, and, above all, humanness during the research process. The section on Reflections from the Field, which appears in every chapter and which includes case studies and reflections provided by both well-known international scholars and emerging scholars, makes the book reader-friendly and far-reaching. Simply put, this inspirational book begins to fill a void in a way that will make a significant contribution to the literature.” 

Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK; Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Johannesburg, South Africa

CohenMiller, A., Rakisheva, A., & Smat, N. (2022). Proposing an emancipatory pedagogy of body-mapping in higher education: Theory and practical integration of Action Research for Transformation and arts-based research. Action Research.

CohenMiller, A., Mahat-Shamir, M., Pitcho-Prelorentzos, S., & Possick, C. (2022). “He put his a** in your faces:” Disruption of voice and inclusion in an academic conference witnessed through collaborative ethnography and critical incident technique. International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education.

The article is offered open access as highlighted in the Nature Public Health Emergency Response Collection here.

This publication was a collaboration with a PhD student including this outcome, a photovoice study, and the public scholarship website gallery: Photovoice: Motherscholars during Quarantine.

CohenMiller, A., Demers, D., Schnackenberg, H., & Izekenova, Z. (2022) “You are seen; you matter:” Applying the theory of Gendered organizations to equity and inclusion for motherscholars in higher education. Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, 15(1), 87-109. doi: 10.1080/26379112.2022.2025816

CohenMiller, A., Durrani, N., Kataeva, Z., & Makhmetova, Z. (2022) Conducting focus groups in multicultural educational contexts: Lessons learned and methodological insights. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. – open access

Durrani, N., CohenMiller, A., Kataeva, Z., Seitkhadyrova, A., & Badanova, A. (2021). “The fearful khan and the delightful beauties”: Doing gender in secondary school textbooks in Kazakhstan. International Journal of Educational Development (IJED). – open access

CohenMiller, A. S., Demers, D., Schnackenberg, H. (2020). Rigid flexibility in research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Download here (Q1 as of March 2021)

CohenMiller, A. (2020). Spiraling. Academic Motherhood and COVID-19. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative. 11(2), 9-20. Download here (invited for republication in a multiple series reprint for InsideHigherEd, see Ch 1 here, Ch 2 here, Ch 3 here)

CohenMiller, A. S. (2021). Performing, passing, and covering motherhood in academic spaces: An autoethnographic account. LEARNingLandscapes13(1), pp. 97-114. 

CohenMiller, A. S., Smat, N., Yenikeyeva, A., & Yassinova, K. (2020). Gender representation in social media: Using gender audit as method to develop educational researchers in Kazakhstan. The Qualitative Report. (Q1 as of March 2021)

CohenMiller, A. S., Koo, S., Collins, N., & Lewis, J. (2020). EXPOsing gender in science: A visual analysis with lessons for gender awareness and science diplomacy. Gender, Technology and Development. doi: 10.1080/09718524.2019.1695519. Download here(Q1 as of March 2021)

CohenMiller, A. and Lewis, J. (2019). Gender audit as research method for organizational learning and change in higher education”, Demos, V., Segal, M.and Kelly, K. (Ed.) Gender and Practice: Insights from the Field (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 39-55. Access here.

Ajodhia, A. & A. S. CohenMiller (2019). Can arts-informed pedagogy facilitate communities of learning and belonging for minoritised early years children? An integrative review of research. International Journal of Early Years Education. DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2019.1685467 

 CohenMiller, A. S. & Demers, D. (2019) Conflicting roles of mother and academic?: Exploring the use of arts-based self-care activities to encourage wellbeing. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. Download here.

 CohenMiller, A. S. & Miller, M. (2019) Resources for online teaching in the sciences: A multistage search and classification of open video repositories (OVR). College Teaching. Download here.

CohenMiller, A. S. & Pate, E. (2019). A model for developing interdisciplinary research and theoretical frameworks. The Qualitative Report, 24(6). Download here(Q1 as of March 2021)

Miller, M. & CohenMiller, A. S (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning. Download here(Q1 as of March 2021)

CohenMiller, A. S., Sagitova, R. Ogay, S., Tselenko, Y., Shakhmanova, A., Saburova, A. (2019). What is a family-friendly campus? An Exploratory Study to Develop Student Research and Provide Practical Results. American Journal of Qualitative Research. Download here.

CohenMiller, A.S. (2018). Creating a participatory arts-based online focus group: Highlighting the transition from Docmama to Motherscholar. The Qualitative Report23(7), 1720-1735.
Download here(Q1 as of March 2021)

 Boivin, N., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2018). Breaking the “Fourth Wall” in qualitative research: Participant-led digital data construction. The Qualitative Report23(3), 581-592. Download here. (Q1 as of March 2021)

CohenMiller, A. S.(2018). Visual arts methods in phenomenology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FSQ)19(1). Download here(Q1 as of July 2021)

Spires, KCohenMiller, A. S. (2018).Accessibility in Central Asia: Collaboration between Graduate School and Library. IFLA Journal, 44(1), 35-43.  Access here.

Gimranova, A.*, Nurmanova, M.* & CohenMiller, A. S.(2018). Texting and language learning: WhatsApp group chats and Near Peer Role Modeling (NPRM). LEARNing LandscapesSpecial Issue: Teaching with Technology: Pedagogical Possibilities and Practicalities, 11(1), 121-135. Download here.

CohenMiller, A. S., Faucher, C., Hernández-Torrano, D., & Brown Hajdukova, E. (2017). Practical steps for Using interdisciplinary educational research to enhance cultural awareness. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Special Issue: Adoption, Adaptation, and Integration: Renegotiating the Identity of Educational Research through Interdisciplinarity, 40(3), 288-298. Access here(Q1 at the time of submission)

CohenMiller, A. S. (2016). Artful research approaches in #amwritingwithbaby: Qualitative analysis of academic mothers on Facebook.LEARNING Landscapes, 9(2). Special Issue, Artful Inquiry: Transforming Understanding Through Creative Engagement9(2), 181-196. Download here.

CohenMiller, A. S. (2013). Motherhood in academia: A grounded theory pilot study of online texts. Educational Research: Theory and Practice (formerly, The Researcher), 25 (1), 47-66. Access here.

CohenMiller, A. S. (2012). Interdisciplinary projects emerging naturally: Reflection from a doctoral student’s first American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) conference. Adult Learning, 23(4), 196-200. Access here.

Dentith, A., CohenMiller, A. S.*, Jackson, G.*, & Root, D.* (2011). Developing globalized teacher education curriculum through interdisciplinarity. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 13(1-2), 77-92. Access here.

CohenMiller, A. S. (2008). Stealth Language Teaching: A preschool foreign language pilot program. Practicing Anthropology, 30(1), 50-53. Download here.