MAXQDA Professional Trainer:
Dr. Sharon Hicks-Bartlett

LocationChicago, IL, USA
RadiusUSA, Canada
  • Starter Workshop
  • Advanced Workshop
  • Visualizations (Method Focus)
  • Code Mapping (Method Focus)
  • Visual Sociology (Method Focus)
  • Qualitative Evaluation (Method Focus)
  • Oral History Analysis (Method Focus)
  • Grounded Theory (Method Focus)
Methodological Expertise

Ethnography, Visual Sociology, In-depth Interview, Research Oral History, Qualitative Research Design, Qualitative Evaluation, Narrative Analysis, Cultural Audits (School settings), Qualitative Gerontology

Consulting Services

Consulting Social Science Qualitative Research Design and Development

Medical consulting: health disparaties and race

Consulting: community entree, neighborhood mapping

Interview guide construction and evaluation


I am an ethnographer by training; I use MAXQDA as part of an intensive methodology course on coding and analyzing qualitative data, which I've taught to graduate students for several years. I prefer MAXQDA in my own research because of the program's comprehensive features and functions and ease of use. My current research is an in-depth interview study on change as witnessed and experienced by Americans born in 1940. I earned a doctorate and masters degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. I also have an advanced degree in gerontology, and an bachelor's degree in history. My research is often an attempt to weave together my different fields of interest. I teach two methodology courses, “Involved Interviewing,” and “Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data.” The former course is an intensive, hands-on course on in-depth interviewing with people and inside places that may challenge the researcher's comfort zone. Students are introduced to CAQDAS for managing fieldnotes, memoing, and transcriptions. In “Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data,” students master hand-coding before transitioning to MAXQDA.

Relevant Publications

“The Effete Wheels of Justice: An Autoethnography of a Hit and Run Fatality.” (In process)

“Forging the chain: Hands Across the Campus in Action,” in Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations: Theory, Research and Practice. Eds. Walter Stephan and W. Paul Vogt. Teachers College Press.

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Labyrinth of Working and Parenting in a Poor Community.” Lead chapter in Coping with Poverty: The Social Contexts of Neighborhood, Work, and Family in the African-American Community. Eds. Sheldon Danziger and Ann Chih Lin. University of Michigan Press.


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