Paul Mihas

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Paul Mihas is the Assistant Director of Education and Qualitative Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a senior qualitative analysis consultant at ResearchTalk Inc. and has lectured on qualitative methods, software, and strategies for analysis at several universities, including the University of Puerto Rico and Howard University. Since 2013, he has taught at the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the BI Norwegian Business School, and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He also serves as faculty at the annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. Recent publications include “Qualitative Data Analysis” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods in Education (2019) and “Qualitative Data Analysis” in Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner (SAGE, 2019). He has also contributed 10 methods articles to the online SAGE Research Methods Datasets (2019) on topics ranging from phenomenology to developing a codebook ( He is the former managing editor of Social Forces, a journal of sociology published at the University of North Carolina Press.