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Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (Section 37)

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices. More on organized sections »

The goals of the section are to promote research and training focused on the several branches of methodology associated with the qualitative tradition; and to strive for an integrated understanding of these diverse methods and of their relationship to quantitative methods.

Founded: 2003
Yearly membership dues: $9.00 for students and $9.00 for other members.
Website: Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
Newsletter: Qualitative Methods Newsletter

Section Counts

Section Officers

Chair
Peter Hall
Harvard University
[email protected] 

Chair-Elect
Melani Cammett
Harvard University
[email protected] 

Vice-Chair
Kathleen Thelen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[email protected]

Secretary-Treasurer
Colin Elman
Syracuse University
[email protected]

Newsletter Editor

Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Newsletter
Tim Buthe
Duke University
[email protected]

Alan M. Jacobs
University of British Columbia
[email protected]

Term: 09/2016-08/2018
Micheal Coppedge, University of Notre Dame



Section Awards


Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 37. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research awards to-date »


Alexander L. George Article Award
 

Honors Alexander George’s contributions to the comparative case-study method, including his work linking that method to a systematic concern with research design, and his contribution of developing the idea and the practice of process tracing. This award may be granted to a journal article or to a chapter in an edited volume that stands on its own as an article. The award will be given to an article or book chapter published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented, with the date of publication being established by the journal issue for articles and the copyright date of the book for chapters. Articles or chapters published in 2016 will be eligible for the 2017 award.

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2017 award should be submitted by January 31, 2017, via email to Colin Elman at [email protected].

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2017


David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award
 

The Award honors David Collier’s contributions-through his research, graduate teaching, and institution-building-as a founder of the qualitative and multi-method research movement in contemporary political science. The award will be presented annually to a mid-career political scientist to recognize distinction in methodological publications, innovative application of qualitative and multi-method approaches in substantive research, and/or institutional contributions to this area of methodology.

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: To be eligible for the mid-career award, nominees must have defended their dissertation within 15 years of the beginning of the year in which the award is presented. Each nomination must include a cover letter summarizing specific merits of the candidate (not merely generic praise), as well as an up-to-date curriculum vitae of the nominee, including the date of the doctoral degree. Self-nominations are welcome. For the 2017 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2001. Please send nominations by January 31, 2017, via email to Peter Hall at [email protected].

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2017


Giovanni Sartori Book Award
 

The Giovanni Sartori Book Award honors Giovanni Sartori’s work on qualitative methods and concept formation, and especially his contribution to helping scholars think about problems of context as they refine concepts and apply them to new spatial and temporal settings. The award is intended to encompass two types of contributions: new research on methodology per se, i.e., studies that introduce specific methodological innovations or that synthesize and integrate methodological ideas in a way that is in itself a methodological contribution; and substantive work that is an exemplar for the application of qualitative methods. This award may be granted to a single-authored or multi-authored book, or to an edited volume. The award will be given to works published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented. The award will be given to a book published in 2016, as determined by the copyright date of the volume.

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: To be considered for the awards, nominations must be received by January 31, 2017. Nominations for the awards (including four copies of the nominated book, article/chapter or APSA paper) should be sent to the Qualitative and Multi-method Research section Secretary-Treasurer: Colin Elman Syracuse University Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs Maxwell School 338 Eggers Hall Syracuse NY 13244-1020

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2017


Sage Paper Award
 

The Sage Paper Award honors Sara and George McCune, who founded and sustained Sage Publications as a leading publisher of social science methodology -- including very centrally qualitative methods. This award will be given to a paper presented at the previous Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2017 award should be submitted by January 31, 2017, via email to Colin Elman the Secretary-Treasurer of the APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at [email protected].

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2017


 

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