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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: $0.00 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

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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
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 

Jennifer Cyr, University of Arizona

 

2020 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Sara Niedzwiecki
University of California, Santa Cruz
[email protected]

Council
Term: 09/2018-08/2020
Tasha Fairfield, LSE
Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan

Term:  09/2019-08/2021
Sara Goodman, Univesity of California, Irvine
Joe Soss, University of Minnesota

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 2020 award the article must have been published in 2019. 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.

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020

Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2020 award should be submitted by February 1, 2020, as a PDF of the article or book chapter via email to Colin Elman at [email protected]

Award Committee:
Janet Lewis, George Washington University
[email protected]

Jessica Rich, Marquette University
[email protected]

Sean Yom, Temple University
[email protected]
 

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.

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 2020 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation in or later than 2005. Please send nominations by February 1, 2020, 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: February 1, 2020

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 2020 award will be given to a book published in 2019, as determined by the copyright date of the volume.

Nomination Instructions: To be considered for the awards, nominations must be received by February 1, 2020. 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
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Maxwell School
Syracuse University
346  Eggers Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244-1020

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020

Award Committee
Chair
Abigail Williamson, Trinity College
[email protected]

Simeon Nichter, University of California, San Diego
[email protected]

Jim Goldgeier, American University
[email protected]
 

Kendra Koivu Paper Award

This award, formerly known as the Sage Paper 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 will be given to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Nomination Instructions: Nominations for the 2020 award should be submitted by February 1, 2020, as a PDF of the version of the paper delivered at the 2019 APSA annual meeting via email to Colin Elman at [email protected].

Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2020

Award Committee:
Chair
Paul Schuler, University of Arizona
[email protected]

Benjamin Read, University of California, Santa Cruz
[email protected]

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
[email protected]

 

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