• Ph.D. 2016 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Education
  • M.M. 2009 – Ithaca College – Music Education
  • B.M. 2004 – Ithaca College – Vocal Performance and Music Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Social Justice in Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Arts Education and Arts Integration
  • Program Evaluation


Alison LaGarry-Cahoon received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, and specialized in the Culture, Curriculum, and Change strand of study. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, as well as a baccalaureate degree from the same institution in Vocal Performance and Music Education. LaGarry-Cahoon has varied public and private school teaching experience in a number of U.S. cities including Boston, M.A. and Washington, D.C. More recently, she has partnered with a number of organizations to provide evaluation feedback. These organizations include: the A+ Schools Program of North Carolina;the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in the City of Wilson, NC; and Turnaround Arts: Minnesota.


Alison LaGarry-Cahoon’s work is situated at the intersection of education, sociology, and anthropology. Through these theoretical lenses, she uses qualitative methodology to study issues related to equity and social justice in education. As a lifelong maker and artist, much of Dr. LaGarry-Cahoon’s work integrates art as a mode of analytic practice and performance.