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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: APSA's Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section
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
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Chair-Elect
Jason Seawright
Northwestern University
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Vice-Chair
Henry Hale
George Washington University
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Secretary-Treasurer
Colin Elman
Syracuse University
[email protected]

Newsletter Editor
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Newsletter 

Jennifer Cyr, University of Arizona

Kendra Koivu, University of New Mexico

 

2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Jennifer Larson
Vanderbilt University
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Council
Term: 09/2017-08/2019
Jeb Barnes, University of Southern Califronia
Fred Schaffer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Term 09/2018-09/2020
Tasha Fairfield, LSE
Yuen Yuen Ang, U. Michigan

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

The article award encompasses 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. 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.

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.

Eligibility: Works published in the calendar year prior to the year of the APSA meeting at which the award is presented, i.e. for the 2019 award the article must have been published in 2018. 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.

Nomination process: Please email a PDF of the article or book chapter to [email protected]

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Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2019

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2019 award should be submitted by February 1, 2019, via email to Colin Elman at [email protected]

Award Committee
Chair
Lindsay Mayka, Colby College

Kate Baldwin, Yale University

Jack Levy, Rutgers University

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 2018 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2003. 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.

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. For the 2019 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2004. Please send nominations by February 1, 2019, via email to Jason Seawright ([email protected]) the President of the APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.Previous recipients »

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2019

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 2018, 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 February 1, 2019. 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:

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2019

Award Committee
Chair
Alisha Holland, Princeton University

Andrew Bennett, Georgetown University

Nuno Monteiro, Yale University


Sage Paper Award

The APSA paper award encompasses 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. This award is usually given to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. This 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.

Eligibility: The Sage award may be given to a paper that was presented at the 2018 APSA annual meeting. Please note that to be eligible for consideration, the paper must be the version that was presented at the 2018 APSA annual meeting, not a subsequent iteration.

Nomination process: Please email a PDF of the APSA paper to [email protected]

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2019

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Award Committee
Chair
Matt Amengual, University of Oxford

Sara Newland. Smith College

Elliot Posner, Case Western University

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