Skip to Main Content
Maxwell School

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research – June 13-24, 2016

Schedule and Reading List  

(download pdf version)


[Please note that this page provides details from the 2016 institute. While the 2017 institute is expected to be similar, there will be some revisions.]

There are three types of institute sessions: (1) Unified (whole institute) sessions; (2) research design discussion groups; and (3) elective modules. The unified sessions are on the first Monday (6/13).

The research design discussion groups will be held for two hours on most mornings of the institute. A separate schedule will be available.

There are 31 elective modules, of which participants will select nine. That is, for each of the nine days on which there is a choice, participants will select one of the modules offered as triples (e.g. modules 1, 2 or 3) or as quadruples (e.g. 13, 14, 15 or 16).

Monday, June 13

Unified Session qualitative and multi-method inquiry: Colin Elman, John Gerring, Jason Seawright, James Mahoney, and Lisa Wedeen

Tuesday, June 14

Module 1, Multimethod Research I - Jason Seawright

Module 2, Comparative Methods in Qualitative Research I - James Mahoney and Tulia Falleti

Module 3, Discourse Analysis - Lisa Weeden

Wednesday, June 15

Module 4, Multimethod Research II - Jason Seawright

Module 5, Causal Mechanisms, Process Tracing, and Counterfactuals - James Mahoney and Tulia Falleti

Module 6, Ethnographic Methods I - Frederic Schaffer and Timothy Pachirat

Thursday, June 16

Module 7, Natural Experiments I - Thad Dunning and Daniel Hidalgo

Module 8, Process Tracing I - Andrew Bennett, Tasha Fairfield, and David Waldner

Module 9, Ethnographic Methods II - Frederic Schaffer and Timothy Pachirat

Friday, June 17

Module 10, atural Experiments II - Thad Dunning and Daniel Hidalgo

Module 11, Process Tracing II - Andrew Bennett, Tasha Fairfield, and David Waldner

Module 12, Ethnographic Methods III - Frederic Schaffer and Timothy Pachirat

Monday, June 20

Module 13, Qualitative Data Mgt. - Diana Kapiszewski, Sebastian Karcher, Dessi Kirilova

Module 14, Comparative Methods in Qualitative Research II - Gary Goertz

Module 15, Focus Groups - Jennifer Cyr

Module 16, Counterfactuals - Jack Levy

Tuesday, June 21

Module 17, Content Analysis I - William Lowe and James Lo

Module 18, QCA/fs I - Charles Ragin and Carsten Schnneider

Module 19, Designing and Conducting Fieldwork I - Diana Kapiszewski and Lauren MacLean

Wednesday, June 22

Module 20, Content Analysis II - William Lowe and James Lo

Module 21, QCA/fs II - Charles Ragin and Carsten Schnneider

Module 22, Archives and Elite Interviews - James Goldgeier, Andrew Moravcsik, Elizabeth Saunders

Module 23, Designing and Conducting Fieldwork II - Diana Kapiszewski and Lauren MacLean

Thursday, June 23

Module 24, Mixed‐method Research and Causal Mechanisms I - Nick Weller and Jeb Barnes

Module 25, CAQDAS (atlas.ti) I - Robert Rubinstein

Module 26, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I - Jonnell Robinson

Module 27, Interpretation and History I - Thomas Dodman and Daragh Grant

Friday, June 24

Module 28, Mixed‐method Research and Causal Mechanisms II - Nick Weller and Jeb Barnes

Module 29, CAQDAS (atlas.ti) II - Robert Rubinstein

Module 30, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II - Jonnell Robinson

Module 31, Interpretation and History II - Thomas Dodman and Daragh Grant


Choosing Which Modules to Take

While many of the 31 modules can be taken as stand‐alone units, there are some limitations on selections.

Modules with higher numbered suffixes (e.g. Content Analysis II) can usually only be taken wit the first module in the sequence (e.g. Content Analysis I). [That is, while it is often fine to take I and not II in a sequence, it is usually not possible to take II and not I.] The exception to this rule is module 14 Comparative Methods in Qualitative Research II. (It is also possible to take Module 30 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II without Module 26 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I, but only if you already have some familiarity with GIS.)

Modules 6, 9, and 12 (Ethnographic Methods I, II, and III) should be considered as a single unit and accordingly can only be selected together (i.e. participants cannot take only Ethnographic Methods I, or I and II). Modules 8 and 11 (Process Tracing I, II) should also be considered as single unit, and can only be selected together (participants may not take only Process Tracing I).

Apart from these formal limitations, we should also note that there are several modules which follow in a natural sequence and/or lend themselves to being taken as a group. For the avoidance of doubt, we outline these informal sequences simply to help you navigate the table above. Beyond the two limitations we mention above, you may take whichever modules you
would find most helpful.


Modules 1 and 4 (Multimethod I and II), Modules 7 and 10 (Natural Experiments I and II), and Modules 24 and 28 (Mixed‐method research and causal mechanisms I and II).

Modules 2 and 5 (Comparative Methods in Qualitative Research, and Causal Mechanisms Process Tracing, and Counterfactuals), Module 14 (Comparative Methods in Qualitative Research II), and Modules 18 and 21 (QCA/fs I and II).

Module 3 (Discourse Analysis), Modules 6, 9, and 12 (Ethnographic Methods I, II, and III), and Modules 27 and 31 (Interpretation and History).

Module 13 (Qualitative Data Management) or Module 15 (Focus Groups), and Modules 19 and 23 (Designing and Conducting Fieldwork I and II).

Books to Purchase or Otherwise Obtain

The reading for some unified sessions and modules includes a book or books that must be purchased, or borrowed from your university library [please note that they are unlikely to be available at the Syracuse University bookstore or library]. You will also see that there is some overlap: some books are used in more than one module.

Manuscripts in Press or in Progress

To the extent possible, IQMR uses the most up‐to‐date readings on the methods covered at the institute. One consequence is that we are often using manuscripts that are either in press or in progress. Please note that the authors are allowing us to use these materials as a courtesy. A with all IQMR materials, they are made available for current attendees’ use only.


twitter facebook youtube linkedin blog rss
Syracuse UniversityGive Now

Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry | Maxwell School | Syracuse University | 346 Eggers Hall | Syracuse, NY 13244-1090 | 315.443.6198