Positionality & Research

Created by Chris Lopez, Kian Ravaei, Renee Romero, Sylvia Page

Positionality in research refers to how our identities and experiences not only influence the choices we make in the research process but also how those factors shape the way others see us and give us power and/or insight in a specific research context. This dynamic of perception, experience, and power has a profound impact on us as we do research. This resource introduces learners to the concept of positionality, explains how their positionality shapes their research process, and helps them identify ways to remain aware of their positionality.

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Awards and Recognition


Chris Lopez, Kian Ravaei, Renee Romero, Sylvia Page


Doug Worsham, Salma Abumeeiz, UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what positionality refers to in the research process
  • Discuss the role your positionality plays when doing academic research
  • Begin to identify what biases and insights come with the social identities you embody
  • Develop strategies to remain mindful of your positionality during the research process