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Professor Mazzei’s research interests bring philosophical concepts to bear on thinking about what constitutes inquiry. Under the influence of Derrida’s theory of deconstruction and Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of desire as production, she has produced a body of work that interrogates why silences persist in racialized discourses and how to account for them as data in qualitative analysis. Her collaborative writing with Alecia Jackson situates thinking with theory as a new analytic for qualitative inquiry. Her current methodological work engages a rethinking of the subject, voice, and experience in the new.