Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including two award-winning books, Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis and Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. The considerably expanded second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory recently appeared as did a co-edited Sage Publications four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis with senior editor, Adele Clarke. Her co-edited volume with senior editor Antony Bryant, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007.
Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which came out in 2011 with Guilford, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press. She has also published numerous articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication, and grounded theory and qualitative research.
Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received the Feminist Mentors Award and the George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.