Who Are We?

We are a network of individuals – scholars, educators, and activists – committed to democratizing knowledge production. Any and all are invited to join!


Dr. Lonnie Rowell is a scholar-activist, educator, and ARNA co-founder. He recently retired as Associate Professor in the Counseling Program, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego, USA, where he taught graduate courses in action research, group dynamics, and research methods in counseling. Lonnie serves on the editorial board of Educational Action Research, co-edited The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, and co-chaired the 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in 2017. He now Chairs ARNA’s team for Strategic Priority #1.

Dr. Meagan Call-Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Research Methodology in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development. Meagan specializes participatory, feminist, and critical approaches to qualitative inquiry, and conducts community-based research with diverse youth in schools with the goal of helping them honor their own voices and capacity for valuable knowledge production. Her recent work has been published in Action Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and several edited volumes focusing on action research and participatory methods.

Dr. Mary McAteer is a Senior Lecturer and former Director of Professional Learning Programs at Edge Hill University and a member of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Co-ordinating Group. She specializes in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Mary’s research engages action-oriented, community-based, and participatory methods to understand and improve human and social conditions.

Melissa Hauber-Özer is a PhD candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development who lives and works in Hatay, Turkey. With a background in adult second language and literacy instruction, Melissa employs critical participatory methodologies to examine educational access and equity in migration contexts. Her work can be found in Action Research, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, and Forced Migration Review along with various edited volumes.