Patricia Lather


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2007)
School of Education
Ph.D. 1983


Patricia Lather is a professor at the College of Education and Human Ecology in the Ohio State University. Since 1988, Lather has taught qualitative research, feminist methodology, and gender and education at OSU. Prior to joining the faculty of OSU, Lather taught women's studies at Mankato State University in Mankato, MN.

Lather's academic career includes publishing three books; "Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern" (1991), "Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS" (1998), and "Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science" (2008) (2008 Critics Choice Award). She has lectured throughout the world and held various visiting positions at University of British Columbia, York University, Goteborg University, University of California - Irvine, and the Danish Pedagogy Institute. Lather is also a 1989 Fulbright recipient to New Zealand and an AERA Fellow. Lather received her BA in English from South Dakota State University (1970), her MA in American Studies from Purdue (1972), and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University (1983).