Research and Resources

This page includes links to recently published scholarship from across various subfields of political science and other areas of social scientific inquiry, as well as Working Papers, essays, symposia, and other resources. 

General Resources

“Interpretive Works in Political Science, International Studies, and Related Fields: A Resource Bibliography,” Compiled by Christina V. Harris, Nancy Y. J. Kim, and Julie Radomski (June 2022).

Symposium: Teaching Interpretive MethodsQualitative & Multi-Method Research 7, 1 (Spring 2009).

Where and how did public policy and p.a. take their interpretive turn? A bibliography,” Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. From the NSF Workshop on Interpretive Methodologies in Political Science, 1-2 September 2009.

Interview – Charles KingE-International Relations” (October 18, 2015).

Dvora Yanow, “Interpretive Empirical Political Science: What Makes This Not a Subfield of Qualitative Methods.” Qualitative Methods Newsletter 1 (2) (Fall 2003): 9-13.

Responding to data-sharing and other challenges concerning field research materials (e.g. interview transcripts, fieldnotes, and the like)

Harper, Robin A. 2018. “Thinking about Journals, IRBs, and Research Partners (Interviewees).” Excerpt from a paper presented at the roundtable “Will the real ‘research ethics’ stand up? IRBs, DA-RT, QTD, and the APSA Ethics Guide in the age of Trump,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco, March 29-31).

Knott, Eleanor. 2019. “Beyond the Field: Ethics after Fieldwork in Politically Dynamic Contexts.” Perspectives on Politics 17/1: 140-53.

Krystalli, Roxani. 2018. “Negotiating Data Management with the National Science Foundation: Transparency and Ethics in Research Relationships.” Memo.

Tripp, Aili Mari. 2018. “Transparency and Integrity in Conducting Field Research on Politics in Challenging Contexts.” Perspectives on Politics 16 (3): 728-38.

Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods

     6. Timothy Pachirat, Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power (2018)

     5. Lee Ann Fujii, Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach (2018)

     4. Frederic Charles Schaffer, Elucidating Social Science Concepts (2016)

     3. Shaul Shenhav, Analyzing Social Narratives (2015)

     2. Cecelia Lynch, Interpreting International Politics (2014)

     1. Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow, Interpretive Research Design (2012)

Working Papers

Fred Schaffer, “Thin Descriptions: The Limits of Survey Research on the Meaning of Democracy” Political Concepts Committee on Concepts and Methods Working Paper Series. No. 45 (November 2010). Published in Polity 46:3 (2014): 303-330.

Other Publications

Dialogue: Misunderstanding Ethnography: Evidence in Law, Journalism and Political EthnographyPolitics, Groups, and Identities 9, 4 (2021).

Lee Ann Fujii (2017), “The Prehistory of the Muslim Ban,” Public Books

Lee Ann Fujii (2017), “The Real Problem with Diversity in Political Science,” Duck of Minerva

Nick Cheesman (2018), “Rule-of-Law Ethnography.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 14: 167-84.

Samantha Majic (2019), “Publicizing the (In)visible? Celebrities, Anti-Human Trafficking Activism, and Feminist Ideologies.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society jxz040.

Anastasia Shesterinina (2021), Mobilizing in Uncertainty: Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia, Cornell University Press. See too the book launch video

“Strutting Our Stuff” 2022 WPSA Interpretation and Method Pre-Conference Workshop bibliography of recently published books using various interpretive research methods.

Interpretation, Method and Critique (IMC) Network and Research Cluster, Australian National University

Our colleagues April Biccum and Nick Cheesman at ANU have created a new group focusing on interpretive work.  The IMC is a joint initiative of the School of Politics and International Relations and the Department of Political and Social Change in the Coral Bell School of the College of Asia and the Pacific, at ANU (Canberra).

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