Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Photovoice Research Design Intensive | Krista Harper & Brittni Howard

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

This workshop will be offered online.

In this half-day intensive, we will help you apply the Photovoice research design process presented in the “Photovoice: Visual Elicitation meets Participatory Action Research” workshop to their own individual research projects. We will discuss how to develop a research plan that anticipates how community-based teams, research ethics and IRB protocols, participant generated photography, facilitation, and data analysis will happen in your specific project. Participants will complete a short homework assignment prior to the workshop, engage in small group workshop discussions designed to refine research strategies, and emerge from the intensive workshop with a preliminary Photovoice research plan.

Prerequisite: completion of Harper and Howard’s “Photovoice: Visual Elicitation meets Participatory Action Research” workshop in summer 2019, 2020, or 2021.

Note: This one-day (4-hour) workshop may be taken as a stand-alone opportunity to get instructor and peer support in a one-day research design intensive, or as a supplement to the 4-day summer workshop, Photovoice: Visual Elicitation meets Participatory Action Research. Registration for each workshop entails separate registration and billing.

Instructors: Krista Harper and Brittni Howard

Krista Harper is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst. Her research focuses on social movements and mobilizations related to the environment, food systems, and urban public space. She has used Photovoice in her community-based participatory research on these themes, with projects in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States, as well as in her research on higher education libraries in the "Library Transformations" project. Harper has received multiple sponsored research awards from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright. She is author oWild Capitalism: Environmental Activists and Post-socialist Political Ecology in Hungary (Columbia University Press 2006), co-author of Participatory Visual and Digital Methods (with Aline Gubrium, Left Coast Press 2013), and co-editor of Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action (with with Aline Gubrium and Marty Otañez, Left Coast Press 2015). Krista Harper and Brittni Howard are currently writing Essentials of Photovoice, to be published by Routledge in late 2020.

Brittni Howard is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the UMass Amherst. Howard is co-authoring Essentials of Photovoice with Krista Harper, was published by Routledge in 2020. Howard’s research focuses on the anthropology of childhood underscoring themes of health and well-being, resistance, and the social reproduction of labor. Howard is completing her dissertation using community-based participatory action research (CBPR) techniques. Howard used Photovoice in her CBPR project with youth in Ghana supported by a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship to examine how the social networks and relationships of children and youth influence the decisions they make in working, playing, and learning. Howard received her Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University (2015). She received a number of graduate research project funds, including participating in the National Science Foundation-sponsored field school, "Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces" (NSF IIA-1261172); Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (UMass);  National Institutes of Health: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (NAU); and Panayiotis Farantakis Memorial Award for Humanitarian Service Internships (NAU).

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs Jessica Pearlman (


Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $50/person
  • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $85/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $100/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $135/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. You will receive an email confirming your successful registration if accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.