IMM Executive Committee
We remember: Lee Ann Fujii
Lee Ann Fujii, chosen to be the IMM Executive Committee Chair in the Fall 2017, died unexpectedly on March 2, 2018. She was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her first book was Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2009). Her second book, Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach (2018), was released in August 2017 as part of the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods.
At the time of her death, she was working on a third book, entitled Show Time: The Logic and Power of Violent Display. Show Time examines the meaning-making power of “violent display” in three different sites of killing (Northwest Bosnia, Central Rwanda, and the mid-Atlantic region of the United States). She had just presented the work at Johns Hopkins University a week before her death, and it is hoped that she left a sufficiently robust manuscript draft that it can be published. Prof. Martha Finnemore, University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, is working on that.
Founding Executive Committee Members (2008)
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University
Cecelia Lynch, University of California, Irvine
Julie Novkov, SUNY Albany
Ido Oren, University of Florida
Timothy Pachirat, then at The New School
Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, University of Utah
Dorian Warren, then at Columbia University
Dvora Yanow, then at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Past Executive Committee Chairs
Peregrine Schwartz-Shae and Dvora Yanow, 2008-2013
Ido Oren, 2013-2017
Lee Ann Fujii, 2017-2018
Ido Oren and Dvora Yanow (interim co-chairs), 2018-2019
Program Chair, IMM Conference Group @ APSA, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
Nicholas Rush Smith
Nicholas Rush Smith is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York–City College. His main research interests are the politics of crime, policing, and vigilantism in democratic states, with a particular focus on South Africa. His first book, Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Based on approximately 20 months of ethnographic and archival research, it asks why South Africa has experienced extraordinarily high rates of vigilantism despite a celebrated transition to democracy, a lauded constitution, and massive transformations of the state’s legal apparatus following apartheid.
He has two additional book projects under way: one, provisionally entitled Deadly Democracy: Death and Life for Young Men in Post-Apartheid South Africa, explores the ironies of democracy by examining the exploding mortality rates young men experienced after the collapse of apartheid, a moment where they expected rapid upward mobility after having been at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid; the other, an edited volume in development with Erica S. Simmons (University of Wisconsin–Madison) provisionally entitled Rethinking Comparison in the Social Sciences based on a conference they organized, explores logics for conducting comparative research that go beyond the controlled comparisons that usually form the basis for graduate methods training in the social sciences. Nick’s work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, African Affairs, and PS: Political Science and Politics, and he has received grant and fellowship support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and Fulbright-Hays, among others.
Past Program Chairs
2009: Peri Schwartz-Shea, University of Utah, and Dvora Yanow, VU Amsterdam
2010: Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College, and Julie Novkov, SUNY Albany
2011: Ido Oren, University of Florida
2012: Ron Schmidt, California State University, Long Beach
2013: Fred Schaffer, UMass Amherst
2014: Rich Holtzmann, Bryant University
2015: Doug Dow, University of Texas, Dallas
2016: Ed Schatz, University of Toronto
2017: Lee Ann Fujii, University of Toronto
2018: Denise Walsh, University of Virginia
2019: Nicholas Rush Smith, City College of New York
Aarie Glas serves as the webmaster for the IMM group. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto. His research makes use of interpretive methodologies and methods to examine practices of conflict management and governance within regional organizations in the Global South, with a particular focus on ASEAN. His work has been published in International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Global Security Studies, Qualitative & Multi-Method Research, and the Routledge Security and Governance series. You can read more about his teaching and research here.