My work focuses on creating intellectual and technical infrastructures for collecting, making accessible, and analyzing massive qualitative & quantitative datasets. I prepare complex organizations for the systematic analysis of qualitative datasets by building sustainable, agile and deeply interconnected research cultures. As an expert for qualitative data analysis, data analysis software and methods education, I serve as a consultant for qualitative researchers, research teams and research institutions.

As the Qualitative Research Specialist at the University of Wisconsin - Cooperative Extension, I coordinate the creation and maintenance of the institution's central data collection and storage system, and I  lead the development of the Data Jam Initiative, an Evaluation Capacity Building framework that utilizes Qualitative Data Analysis Software as as an institutional backbone for distributed analyses of massive qualitative datasets. 

As a current Fellow at the eXtension Foundation, I am building the Data Jam Tool Kit, an online learning platform focusing on qualitative methods and software for large educational and outreach institutions.

In the past, I have served as a  qualitative research and software specialist at UW-Madison and at Colgate University. I have taught qualitative research methods, and the use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software in multiple academic institutions in the U.S. and Germany. 

My recent scholarly interests evolve around the impact of Qualitative Data Analysis software on the production of academic knowledge and on the use and usability of QDA software as a methods teaching tool. I have published on metaphor theory & analysis; on cross-language communication & analysis in qualitative research, and on communication in video games.

Previous workshops, talks, lectures & Consulting (selection)

  • Washington State University Extension (WA): Community & Economic Development Program Unit
  • Minnesota University Extension (MN): Family Development Applied Research and Evaluation Team
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA): Professional Development Section at Annual Meeting
  • eXtension Foundation
  • United Nations (NY City): Office of Internal Oversight Services
  • Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (WI)
  • University of Santa Barbara (CA): Dpt. of Education, Gevirtz School
  • University of Southern California (CA): Pullias Center for Higher Education
  • University at Albany-SUNY (NY): Dpt. of Educational Theory & Practice
  • Michigan State University (MI): College of Education
  • UW Madison (WI): School of Education / STS - Software Training for Students / Social Sciences Computing Cooperative / University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension / University of Wisconsin Extension Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL) /  Institute for Research on Poverty / University of Wisconsin Law School / Games+Learning+Society Research Group / School of Social Work / Department of Sociology / School of Medicine and Public Health / Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) / School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Colgate University (NY): Dept. of Geography / Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology / Upstate Institute / Division of Social Sciences
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • FU Berlin: Center for European Integration, NFG Research Group / Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies / Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies / Dahlem Research School
  • Freiburg University: Dept. of Political Science / Dpt. of Sociology / Methods Springschool / Dpt. of Anthropology / Dpt. of Archeology
  • Vilnius University (Lithuania): Faculty of Philosophy
  • Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
  • Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development GmbH, Dortmund
  • Tübingen University: Institute of Occupational and Social Medicine
  • Humboldt University Berlin: Institute for Educational Sciences

Selected Publications

Schmieder, Christian/Biesel, Kay (2016): Metaphernanalyse als rekonstruktives Verfahren. Eine Einführung für die Pflegewissenschaft. In: Hülsken-Giesler, Manfred/ Kreutzer, Susanne/Dütthorn, Nadin (Eds.): Rekonstruktive Fallarbeit in der Pflege. Methodologische Reflexionen und praktische Relevanz für Pflegewissenschaft, Pflegebildung unddie direkte Pflege. Osnabrück. P. 131 - 161
[Metaphor Analysis as Reconstructive Procedure. An Introduction for Nursing Science.]

Dresing, Thorsten / Thorsten Pehl / Christian Schmieder (2015) : Manual (on) Transcription. Transcription Conventions, Software Guides and Practical Hints for Qualitative Researchers. 3rd English edition (1st English edition 2012). Marburg. URL:

Schmieder, Christian (2014): Zur Wahl von QDA-Software. Hintergründe, Funktionalität, Hilfestellungen (Guest Chapter). In: Kruse, Jan: Einführung in rekonstruktive Interviewforschung [Introduction into reconstructive interview research]. Weinheim: Juventa.
[On choosing QDA software: Backgrounds, Functionality, Guiding Aids]

Schmieder, Christian (2013) : Methodologische Einbettung und praktische Umsetzung der Metaphernanalyse in der rekonstruktiven Interviewforschung am Beispiel des integrativen Basisverfahrens. In: Lessing, Marie / Dorothee Wieser (Eds): Zugänge zu Metaphern – Übergänge durch Metaphern”. Paderborn: Fink. 121-138. 
[Methodological and practical implementation of metaphor analysis in reconstructive interview research, using the example of the ‚‚integrative basic procedure’]

Kruse, Jan / Debora Niermann / Stephanie Bethmann / Christian Schmieder (2012, eds.) : Qualitative Interviewforschung in und mit fremden Sprachen . Weinheim: Juventa.
[Qualitative interview research in and with foreign languages]

Kruse, Jan / Kay Biesel / Christian Schmieder (2011):  Metaphernanalyse. Ein rekonstruktiver Ansatz. Wiesbaden: VS.  (Series “Qualitative Sozialforschung”, edited by Ralf Bohnsack,  Uwe Flick, Christian Lüders & Jo Reichertz) 
[Metaphor analysis. A reconstructiveapproach.]

Schmieder, Christian (2009): World of MaskCraft vs. World of TravestyCraft? Communication, sex and gender in the Online Role Playing Game World of Warcraft.  In: Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, Vol. 1, Nr. 1, pp 5-22. Read the article via! 

Schmieder, Christian (2009): Technik der Legitimation – Legitimation der Technik. Eine qualitative Studie zur Verwendung von MAXqda in qualitativem Forschen. Freiburg: Freidok. URL: 
 [Legitimization of technology – technique of legitimization. A qualitative study on the use of MAXqda in qualitative research.]

Schmitz, Sigrid / Christian Schmieder (2006) : Popularisierungen. Zwischen Naturwissenschaften, Medien und Gesellschaft. In: Kirsten Smilla Ebeling/Sigrid Schmitz (Eds.): Geschlechterforschung und Naturwissenschaften. Einführung in ein komplexes Wechselspiel. Wiesbaden: VS – Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (= Studien Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Bd. 14). S. 362-378.
[Popularizations. Between the sciences, media and society. In: Ebeling/Schmitz: Gender studies and the sciences. Introduction into a complex interplay = Studies on interdisciplinary gender studies, vol 14.