Qualitative Multi-Method Research Initiative (QUAL)

May 30, 2019

Katya Drozdova | Exploring Case Studies with Information Analytics

Seonhee Kim

Katya Drozdova is an associate professor of political science in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Drozdova used information theory to lay out a systematic approach to comparative case studies, drawing on her recent book titled Quantifying the Qualitative: Information Theory for Comparative Case Analysis(SAGE, 2016). What Does Information Theory Add…

March 7, 2019

Anna Zelenz | Undisciplined, Unruly, and Unmatched: What Ethnography Lends to the Study of Power

Seonhee Kim

Anna Zelenz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, UW. She has completed a Concentration in the Qualitative Multi-Method Research Initiative (QUAL) and has participated in several qualitative research workshops and conferences around the world. Anna’s research focuses primarily on lived experiences in spaces of conflict, and it is conducted ethnographically and interpretatively. In this…

January 26, 2019

Holmes-Eber | Not Mutually Exclusive: Combining Quantitative with Qualitative Methods in Ethnographic Research

Seonhee Kim

Paula Holmes-Eber shared her research and fieldwork experiences in different cultures, which later resulted in two published books-“Daughters of Tunis-Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City (Westview Press, 2002)” and “Culture in Conflict – Irregular Warfare, Culture Policy, and the Marine Corps (Stanford University Press, 2014)”.  Both studies used mixed-method approaches, specifically participant-observation, semi-standard…

December 4, 2018

Gulen | Conducting Elite Interviews in Turkey and Israel

Valentina Petrova

Berkay Gulen is researching decision-making mechanisms in Turkey’s foreign policy change between 1991 and 2014 and the effects of this change on Turkish-Israeli relations. In addition to diving into speeches and other secondary source archives, she spent several months in 2017 and 2018 in both countries, collecting more than 80 interviews with key stakeholders –…

November 28, 2018

Tanweer | Ethnographic Fieldwork in Data Science

Valentina Petrova

Anissa Tanweer, research scientist at the eScience Institute focused on human-centered data science, completed her Ph.D. research as a 3-year ethnographic fieldwork at eScience. This setup, studying the institution which funded her research, highlighted some challenges common for ethnographers but also presented some unique ethical tensions. At her QUAL Speaker Series talk, Tanweer recalled these…

May 16, 2018

Stephens | Sizing Up the Sample, Interviews

Sara Tomczuk

After returning from fieldwork,  Andre Stephens, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, heard a question he’d asked of other researchers in the past, “How many interviews did you get?” Though, having been in the field for several months in both 2017 and 2018, Stephens now realized that the number of interviews completed was not as important as what…

April 24, 2018

Reisman | Close Quarters, Integrating Home Stay and Interview Data

Sara Tomczuk

Ande Reisman, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and QUAL Concentration student, collected data during five home stays while on a Fulbright-funded research trip to Nepal in 2016. She experienced a child’s first rice ritual, participated in the rice harvest, and unwillingly displaced a grandmother from her bed, among other intimate and demanding moments during stays with…

February 27, 2018

Willard | Collaborative Research in the Social Sciences

Sara Tomczuk

Emily Willard, Ph.D. candidate in the Jackson School and research fellow at the UW Center for Human Rights, conducted dissertation research fieldwork on the women’s experience of conflict in Guatemala. For this talk, “Collaborative Research in the Social Sciences: Lessons learned from Field Work in Guatemala,” she discussed a research principle in which the researcher works with…

Gade | Connection and Resistance, Examining the Impact of Checkpoints on Civilian Support for Militancy

Sara Tomczuk

Emily Kalah Gade, research scientist for Political Science and postdoctoral fellow at the eScience Institute, spent much of 2015 picking olives and learning the life stories of farmers in the West Bank and Israel. The fieldwork’s resulting 58 life-story-style interviews of olive farmers, combined with 12 semi-structured interviews with municipal workers and defense soldiers, make…

November 22, 2017

Powers | What Interviews Are Good For

Valentina Petrova

There are three main criticisms for interviews – specifically semi-structured interviews as a data gathering research method – that Assistant Professor of Communication Matthew Powers highlighted for a record audience at the second QUAL Speaker Series talk this fall. These three criticisms boil down to: Interviews conflate attitudes and actions – interviewees give their account…

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