Lisa R. Merriweather is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She received her PhD in Adult Education with a graduate certificate in Qualitative Inquiry from the University of Georgia in 2004. Her research focuses on issues of equity and social justice within the historical discourse of adult education, informal education, and doctoral education. She explores the critical philosophy and sociology of race and antiblack racism and employs Africana Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, and qualitative and historical methodology to investigate topics found at the nexus of race and adult education.
Dr. Merriweather is dedicated to the project of communalism, guided by the spirits of Sankofa,and inspired by the ethos of Ubuntu all of which provide ideological grounding for the work in which she engages. Recent projects include service learning as informal science education as a means of stimulating interest in STEM among underrepresented racial populations;culturally responsive mentoring as embodied by the afrocentric concept of othermothering; race pedagogy in adult learning; and orality as informal learning in African American communities.
Critical philosophy of race; the Black experience of adult education both historically and contemporaneously; and application of Africana philosophy to the theory and practice of adult learning, to the study of anti-Black racism within adult education, and to issues of equity and social justice in adult education. Both historical and qualitative research methodologies are used to explore the connections between race, racism, and adult learning.