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MotherScholaring During the COVID-19 Pandemic Investigating the Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on MotherScholars

    This book presents interdisciplinary empirical studies about the COVID-19 pandemic’s complex influence on the professional, personal, and family lives of mothers in academia or “MotherScholars”. It calls attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic and higher education's responses to it highlight the historical, societal, and cultural inequities between diverse groups of MotherScholars.

    The volume represents diverse ethnicities (e.g., Black, Pinay, Asian American), an assortment of disciplines (e.g., sociology, education, psychology, Asian American studies, etc.), and a variety of methodologies (e.g., collaborative autoethnography, photovoice, kuwentos, etc.) to share diverse narratives linked through an identity and pursuit of MotherScholarhood. It addresses the wide range of pressures and influences affecting mothers in academia and tackles the additional burdens and prejudices MotherScholars with marginalized cultural and religious identities face. Taken as a whole, the book presents important and complementary findings through different MotherScholar perspectives, which underscore the complexity of their experience and how it was impacted by a global pandemic.

    MotherScholaring During the COVID-19 Pandemic will be a key resource for researchers and practitioners of education studies, educational research, educational leadership and policy, educational administration, gender studies, and women’s studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education.


    Heather K. Olson Beal, Chrissy J. Cross, and Lauren E. Burrow


    1. The Liminality of Multinational Muslim MotherScholaring during COVID-19: A Feminist Collaborative Autoethnography

    Katharina A. Azim and Wesam M. Salem


    2. “Why Do We Have to Go Away?”: A Beginning Exploration into the Lived Experience of Three MotherScholars Imagining Possibilities in the Time of COVID-19

    Erika Feinauer, Erin Feinauer Whiting and Sarah K. Clark


    3. Love on the Front Lines: Asian American Motherscholars Resisting Dehumanizing Contexts through Humanizing Collectivity

    Betina Hsieh, Judy Yu, Cathery Yeh and Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath


    4.Raising Love in A Time of Lovelessness: Kuwentos of Pinayist Motherscholars Resisting COVID-19’s Anti-Asian Racism

    Cheryl Matias, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Korina Jocson, Jocyl Sacramento, Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Arlene Sudaria Daus-Magbual and Patricia Espiritu Halagao


    5. Remember. (Re)member. Re-member: Theorizing the Process of Healing, Sustaining, and Transforming as MotherScholars

    Min Yu, Erica B. Edwards, Sandra M. Gonzales, Sarah A. Robert and Christina P. DeNicolo


    6.The No-Time Bind: Examining the Experience of Faculty Mothers During the COVID-19 Lockdown

    Kathrin A. Parks


    7. Crystalizing Layered Approaches to MotherScholar Expressions in COVID-19: A Photovoice and Autoethnographic Study

    Elizabeth L. Spradley, Sarah Symonds LeBlanc, Heather K. Olson Beal, Lauren E. Burrow and Chrissy J. Cross


    Commentary: Birthing the Motherscholar and Motherscholarship

    Cheryl E. Matias


    Heather K. Olson Beal, Professor of education studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, USA, is the PI on a five-year US Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition National Professional Development grant. Her scholarship examines the issues of school choice and the experiences of women and mothers in academia. She has three feisty, bighearted children who guide and shape her scholarship and teaching.

    Chrissy J. Cross, Associate Professor of education studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, USA, teaches graduate and undergraduate education courses and serves as a Co-PI on two NSF Noyce Scholarship Grants. Her research interests include STEM teacher preparation and induction, STEM curriculum and instruction, qualitative research methods, and MotherScholarhood.

    Lauren E. Burrow, Professor of education studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, USA, is a MotherScholar to three young children who often inspire and sometimes collaborate with her on her research agenda which focuses on best practices in teacher education to increase awareness about and actions for addressing social injustices.