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The Ethics of the Personal Narrative as 'Data' in Human Subject-Based Fieldwork in India and the U.S.
The SIRC Investigator Series: Conversations with Researchers initiative provides Virginia Tech researchers with a forum to share the ethical considerations that guide their research.
Suchitra Samanta will discuss her experiences in researching Muslim women and education in India and on Asian American women in U.S. community colleges as part of the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) Investigator Series.
Samanta is a collegiate associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program in the Department of Sociology. She teaches courses on feminist activism, global and transnational gender inequity issues, feminist theory, and the Asian American experience.
As a cultural anthropologist, Samanta uses largely qualitative research methods that require in-person interaction with human subjects over a period of time. She notes that this interaction can involve discrepancies of power, and the researcher needs a reflexive awareness of his or her position relative to the research participant.