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Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (Section 37)

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: http://connect.apsanet.org/s22
Journal: Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
Newsletter: Qualitative Methods Newsletter

Section Counts

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.

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Section Officers

Chair
Melani Cammett
Harvard University
[email protected]

Chair-Elect
Jason Seawright
Northwestern University
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Vice-Chair
Henry Hale
George Washington University
[email protected]

Secretary-Treasurer
Colin Elman
Syracuse University
[email protected]

Newsletter Editor
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Newsletter Tim Buthe
Duke University
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Alan M. Jacobs
University of British Columbia
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2018 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Ryan Saylor
The University of Tulsa
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Council
Term: 09/2017-08/2019 Jeb Barnes, University of Southern Califronia
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 2017 will be eligible for the 2018 award.

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Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2018

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2018 award should be submitted by January 31, 2018, via email to Colin Elman at [email protected]

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2018

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.

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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 2018 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2003. Please send nominations by January 31, 2018, via email to Melani Cammett ([email protected] )

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2018

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 2017, as determined by the copyright date of the volume.

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Nomination Instructions: To be considered for the awards, nominations must be received by January 31, 2018. 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:

Award Committee

Colin Elman
Syracuse University Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Maxwell School
338 Eggers Hall
Syracuse NY 13244-1020

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2018

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.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2018 award should be submitted by January 31, 2018, 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, 2018

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