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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
Website: APSA's Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section

Section Membership Dues

Student Regular
$0 $9
Section Officers

 

Chair Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
Chair-Elect Alan Jacobs, University of British Columbia
Vice-Chair Erica Simmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Secretary/Treasurer Colin Elman, Syracuse University
Journal Editor Jennifer Cyr, University of Arizona
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2021 Annual Meeting
Division Chairs

Jessica Rich, Marquette University
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Jody LaPorte, University of Oxford
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Executive Committee

Sara Goodman, University of California Irvine 
Joe Soss, University of Minnesota
Layna Mosley, Princeton University 
Marcus Kurtz, Ohio State University

Section Journal

Qualitative & Multi-Method Research

Publishes semi-annually

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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 »

 

The book, article, and conference paper awards all 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 representing an exemplary application of qualitative methods.

 

Alexander L. George Article Award

This 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 George 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, i.e. for the 2021 award to materials published in 2020.   In determining the date of an article publication, authors may choose either the date the article was first electronically published or the date of the formal journal citation (but not both).  In determining the date of a book chapter publication, the copyright date of the book will establish the relevant year. A pdf file of the nominated article/chapter should be emailed to [email protected] 

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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. To be eligible for the mid-career award, nominees must have defended their dissertation within fifteen years of the beginning of the year in which the award is presented. For the 2021 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2006.  Please send nominations by January 31, 2021, via email to Jason Seawright ([email protected]), the President of the APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. 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.

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2021

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Giovanni Sartori Book Award

This 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. This award may be granted to a single-authored or multi-authored book, or to an edited volume. The Sartori 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, i.e. for the 2021 award to materials published in 2020.  The copyright date of the book will establish the relevant year. One copy of the nominated work should be sent to each of the three committee members. Please contact the section's Secretary-Treasurer, Colin Elman, at [email protected] to request their mailing addresses. 

Deadline for nominations: TBA

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Kendra Koivu Paper Award

This award honors the scholarly legacy and contributions of Kendra Koivu, who published important works on process tracing, case selection, and other qualitative fields, and who provided valuable service to the section. This award is given to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Please note that to be eligible for consideration, the paper must be the version that was presented at the 2020 APSA annual meeting, not a subsequent iteration. A pdf file of the nominated APSA paper should be emailed to [email protected]

Deadline for nominations: TBA

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