James Christopher Head, Ph.D.

James Christopher Head is an interdisciplinary scholar whose interests include the history of psychology, the philosophy of science, qualitative research, narrative analysis, and liberatory pedagogy. His research bridges the fields of psychology, sociology, and education. His teaching practices facilitate students’ multi-contextual engagement and invite budding scholars to explore their interests – from the personal to the public – as they negotiate course content, instructional parameters, and professional aspirations. 

  • B.A., History, Georgia State University, 2001
  • M.A.T., Secondary Education, Georgia College & State University, 2004
  • M.A., Psychology, University of West Georgia, 2012
  • M. Phil., Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
  • Ph.D., Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2018

Spring 2024 Sections

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Fall 2020 Sections

Spring 2020 Sections

  • PSYC-2220 (Qualitative Research Methods) Section: 01
  • PSYC-4030 (Hist & Philosoph of Psychology) Section: 01
  • PSYC-4085 (Horizon Seminar: Life Stories) Section: 08

Fall 2019 Sections

  • PSYC-4030 (History&PhilosophyofPsychology) Section: 01
  • PSYC-6021 (Psychology as Human Science) Section: 01

Spring 2019 Sections

  • PSYC-2220 (Qualitative Research Methods) Section: 01
  • PSYC-4085 (Horizon Seminar: Life Stories) Section: 12
  • PSYC-7810 (Narrative Psychology) Section: 06

Fall 2018 Sections

  • PSYC-4030 (Hist & Philosoph of Psychology) Section: 01
  • PSYC-5085 (Psychology as Human Science) Section: 03
  • PSYC-7810 (Humanizing Psych Research) Section: 01

Head, J.C. (2020). Multicontextuality in narrative inquiry. Qualitative Psychology, 7(20), 206-225.

Head, J.C. (2020). Ideological rupturing. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(7), e12356.

Tolman, D., & Head, J.C. (2021). Opening the black box: A primer for the Listening Guide method of narrative inquiry. Qualitative Psychology, 8(2), 152-170.

Head, J.C. (2022). Waves of information, suffocated understanding, and the place for narrative inquiry in the “post-truth era.” Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 35(2), 1-20.

Head, J.C., Quigua, F. & Clegg, J.W. (2019). The radical potentials of human experience: Maslow, Leary and the pre-history of qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 6 (1), 116-132.

Head, J.C., & Pryiomka, K. (2020). Accounting for mediatization in the era of individualized consequential accountability. Journal of Education Policy, 35(3), 421-440.

Head, J.C. (2019). “From the bottom-up: New York City teacher evaluation and the narration of mediated institutional assault.” Critical Studies in Education, 60 (1), 37-54.