Kakali Bhattacharya, professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, was recognized with the Distinguished Contribution to Research and Scholarship Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC).
This esteemed award honors those whose research and scholarship has made significant contributions that “further the understanding of the experiences of, issues within, and needs of the Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi Americans community” in higher education.
Bhattacharya has served at the College of Education since 2019 and has explored equitable and de/colonizing methodologies of inquiry for more than 15 years. Her body of research focuses on de/colonizing methodologies, ontoepistemologies, and ethics in addition to transnational and equity based issues in higher education. Integrating creative, critical and contemplative approaches in qualitative inquiry, she strives to create inclusive and culturally resonant approaches to research.
“Dr. Bhattacharya has brought a wealth of knowledge, passion and perspective to the university,” said College of Education Dean Glenn Good. “This award recognizes the impact of her research as her scholarship continues to uncover inequities in higher education.”