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Dvora Yanow

Vice President


A political ethnographer and interpretive methodologist, I explore the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in policy and organizational settings. I am Guest Professor in Wageningen University’s Department of Social Sciences’ Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Sub-Department and Affiliated Researcher with the “RaceFaceID” research group, University of Amsterdam. There I study state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies, and citizen-making practices. I also investigate research ethics and their regulation; practice studies; and science/technology museums and the idea of science. My publications include Constructing "Race@ and AEthnicity" in America (2003), winner of two awards; “Culture and Organizational Learning” (co-authored; Journal of Management Inquiry 1994), also an award-winner;  Interpretive Research Design (2012), with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, which launched our co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods; and our co-edited Interpretation and Method (2nd edition, 2014). I have held fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Institute for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen) and several visiting positions, including at the Danish Institute for International Studies, the University of Strasbourg’s Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Vienna’s Institute for Advanced Studies, the University of Paris-Dauphine, and Shenyang’s North East University (China).


APSA activities have included serving as Executive Council Secretary, APSR editorial board member, founding co-chair of the Theory, Policy, and Society [now Critical Policy Studies] Conference Group, and co-founder, Executive Committee Co-Chair, and Program Co-Chair of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference Group. At WPSA I have served as Council member and founding co-chair of two sections: Immigration and Citizenship, and Interpretation and Methods.  I created The Methods Café at APSA (2006) and WPSA (2005) with Peri Schwartz-Shea; we co-directed the 2009 NSF Workshop on Interpretive Methodologies and Methods.  When not at work, I sing early music, folkdance, and try to practice the violin/fiddle.  http://wu.academia.edu/DvoraYanow

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