2019 News Stories

Alumnus receives research award from AERA special interest group

Travis Marn

Travis Marn, M.Ed `12 & PhD `18

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2019) — College of Education graduate Travis Marn, M.Ed `12 & PhD `18, was selected to receive the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG).

Marn, who received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, was recognized for his dissertation, titled “Performing the Black-White Biracial Identity: The Material, Discursive, and Psychological Components of Subject Formation.” His scholarship focuses on questions of identity, materiality, discourse and qualitative research methodology in educational and psychological research. 

Marn currently serves as an assistant professor of child development and educational psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, where he instructs students in child development, educational psychology, research methods and methodologies—all with a grounding in social justice and multiculturalism. 

The award will be presented at the business meeting for the Qualitative Research SIG at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in April.