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Vita

Curriculum Vitae (abridged)

education 

Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California
Concentration: Public Policy and Sociology, July 2012

MSEd, School Administration and Supervision, Johns Hopkins
University, July 2008

B.A., English, University of Maryland at College Park
Concentration: American and British Literature, August 2004

research interests

Pathways to College and Career for Black and Latino Young Men
Social and Cultural Contexts of Low-income Neighborhoods
Qualitative Research and Social Media
Urban Education Policy and Reform

books

Clemens, R. F. (forthcoming). Using social media for qualitative research: A practical and theoretical guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

articles

Clemens, R. F., & Tierney, W. G. (forthcoming). The utility of qualitative research for public policy. In V. Luchega & P. Pasque (Eds.), Qualitative methods for public policy and organizational research. New York: Routledge.

Clemens, R. F. (under review). A Framework for using social media for qualitative research. Submitted to International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Clemens, R. F. (under review). Transitioning from high school to college: Examining the sources and influences of social capital for a first-generation Latina student. Submitted to The Qualitative Reporter.

Relles, S. R., & Clemens, R. F. (revise and resubmit). "Do it yourself" scholarship. Submitted to International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Clemens, R. F., & Tierney, W. G. (in preparation). The role of ethnography as ethical and policy-relevant scholarship. In preparation for Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies.

Clemens, R. F. (in preparation). The first three hours after school: How informal learning opportunities influence college access. In preparation for American Journal of Educational Research.

Clemens, R. F. (in preparation). Designing public policy to improve college access and readiness in low-income neighborhoods. In preparation for Educational Administration Quarterly.

Clemens, R. F. (2014). Friends, lovers, and social media experimentation: The need for new ethical guidelines. In K. Woodfield (Ed.), Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. London: Sage.

Clemens, R. F. (2014). The shape of neighborhood ethnography to come: Blurred spaces, elastic time, and shareable culture. In K. Woodfield (Ed.), Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. London: Sage.

Clemens, R. F. (2014). The lives of Black and Latino teenagers in a low-income neighborhood: Examining methodological issues when conducting a neighborhood ethnography. In P. Brindle (Ed.), Sage cases in methodology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tierney, W. G., & Clemens, R. F. (2012). The uses of life history. In S. Delamont (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research in education (pp. 265-280). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Corwin, Z. B., & Clemens, R. F. (2012). Analyzing fieldnotes: A practical guide. In S. Delamont (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research in education (pp. 489-502). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Tierney, W. G., & Clemens, R. F. (2011). Qualitative research and public policy: The challenges of relevance and trustworthiness. In J. Smart & M. B. Paulsen (Eds.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (Vol. 26, pp. 57-83). New York: Springer.

presentations

Clemens, R. F. (2016). Examining the uses of qualitative research for socially just public policy: Evidence from a study of low-income Black and Latino teenagers. Paper presented at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Clemens, R. F., & Tierney, W. G. (2016). The role of ethnography as ethical and policy-relevant scholarship. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D. C.

Relles, S. R., & Clemens, R. F. (2016). “Do it yourself” scholarship. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D. C.

Clemens, R. F. (2015). Triangulation 2.0. Using hybrid data to improve the quality of research. Paper presented at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Clemens, R. F., & Relles, S. R. (2015). Data are people too: Ethical issues related to social media research. Paper presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC), Las Vegas, NV.

Clemens, R. F. (2014). The role of organizational ties to improve college access in a low-income neighborhood: Evidence from a summer bridge program. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.

Clemens, R. F. (2014). Creative possibilities: Social media and ethnographic research design. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Clemens, R. F. (2013). Improving College Access for African American and Latino Male Teenagers: Policy Recommendations from a Neighborhood Ethnography in South Los Angeles. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPHHE) Pre-Conference Forum, St. Louis, MO.

Clemens, R. F. (2013). Developing a college-going identity to improve college access. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.

Clemens, R. F. (2013). Examining the relationship between after-school activities and college access among teenagers in a low-income neighborhood. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.

Clemens, R. F. (2013). Something a little nearer to the truth: Ethical representations of African American and Latino male teenagers in ethnography. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Clemens, R. F. (2012). The role of neighborhood capital on teenagers’ education outcomes. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, BC.

Corwin, Z. B., & Clemens, R. F. (2011). Teaching qualitative methods: Examples from the field. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Charlotte, NC.

Clemens, R. F. (2011). Disrupting bureaucracy and the public good: The exploration of a case study to renegotiate the social contract between state and citizenry. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.

Corwin, Z. B., & Clemens, R. F. (2011). Analyzing fieldnotes: A practical guide. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.

Tierney, W. G., & Clemens, R. F. (2011). Re-visioning the relationship between public policy and qualitative research: Perspectives from the field. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.

Zeehandelaar, Z. B., & Clemens, R. F. (2011). Shifting landscapes: Identifying portfolio reform efforts in Los Angeles Unified School District. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.

Clemens, R. F. (2010). Examining the first-year college experiences of urban youth. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Clemens, R. F. (2010). Philanthropy in an age of capitalism: Rethinking the public good. Paper presented at annual meeting of AERA, Denver, CO.