Meet Drs. Jean Breny and Shannon McMorrow, July Mentors in Residence

Categories: Contemporary Issues, Creative Methods, Data Analysis, Presentation, Visuals, and Creativity, Research Design, Research Skills

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Photovoice for Social Justice
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We are kicking off a three-month focus on data analysis, starting with Analyzing Words, Pictures, and Numbers in July. This month we will have the opportunity to learn new ideas and practical skills from Mentors in Residence Stephen Gorard, Jean Breny, and Shannon McMorrow. Find the unfolding series through this link.


Drs. Jean Breny and Shannon McMorrow are participatory action researchers who use images collected with photovoice methods in conjunction interviews and focus groups. They are interested in more than studying social justice– they want engage with co-researchers to study problems and generate research that informs real change. Like everyone else, they’ve had to adapt methods that relied on face-to-face presence into online approaches during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This month Jean and Shannon will discuss these methods, including steps for analyzing images. In this interview they provide background and examples from their work.


Jean and Shannon discussed some references in the interview; here is the list:

Important foundations:

Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Herder & Herder: New York, NY.

Photovoice is also based in feminist theory:

Campbell, R. and Wasco, S.M. (2000). Feminist approaches to social science: epistemological and methodological tenets. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28(6), 773-791.

The seminal article for how photovoice is used in health promotion that we referenced:

Wang, C., & Burris, M. A. (1997). Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment. Health Education & Behavior, 24(3), 369–387.

Two of our articles we referred to:

Ruff, N., Smoyer, A., & Breny, J. (2019). Hope, Courage, and Resilience in the Lives of Transgender Women of Color. The Qualitative Report, 24(8).

Saksena, J. & McMorrow, S. (2019). Through their eyes: a photovoice and interview exploration of integration experiences of Congolese refugee women in Indianapolis. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 21. 529-549. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-019-00672-1

For general qualitative research reference:

Denzin, N. K. & Guba, E.G. (2017). The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Inquiry (5th, ed.),  Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.

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