Andrew Bennett is Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on the American foreign policy process, international relations theory, and qualitative research methods. He has been a fellow at arms control and international relations research centers at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and he has written on the U.S. foreign policy process, research methods, alliance burden‐sharing, and regional conflicts and peacekeeping. Professor Bennett is the author of Condemned to Repetition? The Rise, Fall, and Reprise of Soviet‐Russian Military Interventionism 1973‐1996 (MIT Press, 1999). He is, with Alexander George, the co‐author of Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (MIT Press, 2005). From 1994‐1995, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Joseph S. Nye Jr. His op‐eds have appeared in the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and he has appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, and Fox News.
John Boswell is Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Southampton. His interests span public policy, health and social care, democratic theory and interpretive research methods. He is the author of three books – including The Art and Craft of Comparison with Corbett and Rhodes – along with around 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals in political science, public administration, political theory and public health. He leads the interdisciplinary graduate school training at the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership.
Christopher Carter is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development at the University of California, Berkeley. In his book project, Carter examines the emergence as well as the political and social effects of indigenous autonomy in the Americas. All Carter’s work employs a multi-method approach, using experimental and natural experimental data as well as extensive interviewing and archival research. Carter received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020.
Jack Corbett is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. His research primarily focuses on the democratic politics and international relations of small states. He is the author of six books, including The Art and Craft of Comparison with John Boswell and Rod Rhodes, more than 60 journal articles, book chapters and commentaries, and editor of two volumes. He is deputy editor of Small States and Territories Journal, and co-editor of Routledge Studies in Anti Politics and Democratic Crisis and the Topics in the Contemporary Pacific series with University of Hawai’i Press.
Jennifer Cyr is Associate Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Starting in June, she will be Associate Professor of Political Science at Universidad Torcuato di Tella. Her substantive research agenda examines representation, identity, and institutional stability and change in Latin America. Her methodological interests center on the rigorous integration of qualitative methods, and especially focus groups, into mixed-methods research. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press, The Fates of Political Parties: Institutional Crisis, Continuity, and Change in Latin America (2017), and Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher (2019). She has also published in a wide variety of journals, including Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, Quality & Quantity, Studies in Comparative International Development, Sociological Methods and Research, and Revista de Ciencia Política, and has several chapters in edited volumes. Cyr is co-founder of the Southwest Workshop on the Mixed Methods Research (SWMMR) and editor of Qualitative and Multi Methods Research (2018-2021). She received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, has an MA in Political Science from Northwestern University, and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University.
Tasha Fairfield is Associate Professor in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, along with an M.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.S. in physics from Stanford University. Her first book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics (CUP 2015), won the Donna Lee Van Cott Award. Her methodology articles include “Explicit Bayesian Analysis for Process Tracing” (Political Analysis 2017, with A.E. Charman), which won the American Political Science Association’s Qualitative and Multi Method Research Sage Best Paper Award. She was a 2017-18 Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her book (with A.E. Charman), Social Inquiry and Bayesian Inference: Rethinking Qualitative Research, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
Pamina Firchow is Associate Professor of Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, as well as a Senior Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 2016. Her main research interests surround the study of the international accompaniment of communities affected by mass violence. Dr. Firchow’s work engages collaborative approaches to mixed methods measurement through an inclusive and participatory methodology she developed called the Everyday Peace Indicators. This measurement approach is used to make claims about the effectiveness of local level interventions after war in Firchow’s award winning book, Reclaiming Everyday Peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation after War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). In 2018, she also co-founded the Everyday Peace Indicators NGO (501c3) to assist organizations in integrating participatory forms of measurement into their design, monitoring and evaluation systems. You can read more about her work and interests at paminafirchow.org.
John Gerring is Professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin, where his teaching and research centers on methodology and comparative politics. He is co-editor of Strategies for Social Inquiry, a book series at Cambridge University Press, and serves as co-PI of Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) and the Global Leadership Project (GLP).
Gary Goertz is professor of Political Science at the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is the author or editor of nine books and over 50 articles and chapters on topics of international institutions, methodology, and conflict studies. His methodological research focuses on concepts and measurement along with set theoretic approaches, including "Explaining War and Peace: Case Studies and Necessary Condition Counterfactuals," (2007), "Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology" (2008), "A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences" (2012), and "Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies: The Research Triad" (2017). The completely revised and rewritten edition of his (2005) concept book "Social science concepts and measurement'' was published by Princeton in 2020.
Daragh Grant is a Senior Lecturer in the College and Co-Chair of the Classics of Social and Political Thought core sequence at the University of Chicago. His intellectual interests include the history of colonialism and empire, the history of slavery, and the development of understandings of sovereignty and subjecthood from the sixteenth century to the present. He is currently preparing his book manuscript for publication, which is tentatively titled "Experiments in Order: Sovereignty, Jurisdiction, and State Formation in Early New England." This manuscript brings together his interests in colonialism and state formation to explain how English settlers in the New England colonies asserted and defended their claims to jurisdiction over lands and peoples in the Americas. It also explores the strategies by which indigenous polities and some settler communities sought to resist or exploit colonial governments and the imperial center to their own ends. Daragh’s work has appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, The William and Mary Quarterly, and Renaissance Quarterly.
Alan M. Jacobs is a Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia specializing in comparative political economy and public policy, political behavior, and methodology. He is the author of Governing for the Long Term: Democracy and the Politics of Investment (2011), recipient of the APSA’s Gregory Luebbert Award for the Best Book in Comparative Politics, the APSA’s Giovanni Sartori Award for the Best Book Developing or Applying Qualitative Methods, and the IPSA’s Charles H. Levine Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Policy and Administration. His research has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Annual Review of Political Science, and other venues. With Macartan Humphreys, he is currently completing a book, Integrated Inferences, that examines how process tracing and mixed-method causal inference can be grounded in causal models. His current substantive research examines, among other things, citizens’ willingness to pay for public goods and the interaction between economic inequality and democratic accountability. Jacobs has served as co-editor of Qualitative and Multi-Method Research and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, both sponsored by APSA’s Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section. In 2017, he was co-recipient of the QMMR section’s David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award.
Diana Kapiszewski is Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. Her research interests include public law, comparative politics, and research methods. She has published several books (authored and co-edited) and multiple articles on comparative law and courts. Her ongoing research includes projects examining "constitutionalism with adjectives" and institutions of electoral governance in Latin America. Kapiszewski co-directs “Digital Fieldwork”, serves as the Qualitative Data Repository’s Associate Director for Research, and co-edits the Cambridge University Press “Methods for Social Inquiry” book series. She has also published widely on field research and research transparency.
Diana Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. Her scholarship is animated by concerns with how modern states develop capacity to define people at the edges of respectable society, constructing what it means to be illicit, marginal, and deviant. Diana’s book, Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia was published with Princeton University Press in 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University. In addition to teaching comparative politics, public policy, and transnational histories of colonialism and empire in Southeast and East Asia, Diana co-curates the Invisible Histories project, a digital platform for researchers to share photographs in context and explore the hidden narratives behind them.
Markus Kreuzer is Professor Political Science at Villanova University. He has been working on the origins of European and post-communist party systems as well as qualitative methodology. He is the author of Institutions and Innovation: Voters, Parties, and Interest Groups in the Consolidation of Democracy – France and Germany 1870-1939 (Michigan 2001) and The Grammar of Time: Using Comparative Historical Analysis to Study the Past (Cambridge, forthcoming). He is interested in the conundrum of how to study a disorderly and continuously changing world in the most orderly fashion possible and with methodologies mindful of temporal dynamics. To disentangle this conundrum, he looked to how comparative historical analysis employs a nuanced temporal vocabulary, uses distinct notions of causality, and draws on a more heterodox understanding of methodology than standard variance-based analysis. His articles have dealt with path dependency, conceptions of time, historical exceptionalism, conceptualizations of historical change, and proper use of historical evidence, and the nature of historical description. They have appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Central European History, and Perspectives on Politics.
Jennifer Larson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2012, and her B.A. in both mathematics and political science from Creighton University in 2006. Her research explores how and why social networks affect political behavior in order to explain outcomes such as protests, civil conflict, and informal governance. Her theoretical work uses game theory and agent-based models to isolate the importance of networks, while her empirical work focuses on collecting new data to understand how social networks spread information and motivate people to act in settings ranging from rural Uganda to urban France. Her work has been published in journals including the American Political Science Review, International Organization, World Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.
Will Lowe is Senior Research Scientist in the Hertie School at the University of Governance in Berlin. Lowe is a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to legislative politics, international relations, social media, and central banking. Before the Hertie School, Lowe was a Senior Research Specialist in the Department of Politics and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and Senior Researcher at the Mannheim Centre for Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim. Prior to joining MZES he was assistant professor in research methods at Maastricht University and has held postdoctoral research positions at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Nottingham, and Harvard University. He has published on methodology in the American Political Science Review and Political Analysis and International Organization, legislative politics in Legislative Studies Quarterly and Electoral Studies, on international politics in China Quarterly and the Journal of Peace Research, on public administration in European Union Politics, and social media in Information, Communication & Society.
Lauren MacLean is the Arthur F. Bentley Chair and Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the political economy of state formation, public service provision, and democratic citizenship in Africa. MacLean has published award-winning books including: Informal Institutions and Citizenship in Rural Africa: Risk and Reciprocity in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (Cambridge University Press, 2010), The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (Cornell University Press, 2014), co-edited with Melani Cammett, and Field Research in Political Science (Cambridge University Press, 2015), coauthored with Diana Kapiszewski and Ben Read. Her research has been published in a wide range of journals and supported by grants, including from NSF, SSRC, RWJ, and Fulbright-Hays. As a Carnegie Fellow (2017-19), she started a new book project focused on the politics of the electricity crisis and the exercise of democratic citizenship in Ghana. She was the recipient of the APSA QMMR 2016 David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award.
James Mahoney is Gordon Fulcher Professor of Decision-Making and Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Northwestern University. He is a comparative‐historical researcher with interests in national development, political regimes, and methodology. He is the author of the prize‐winning books, Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). His other books include Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (coedited with Dietrich Rueschemeyer; Cambridge University Press, 2003), Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (coedited with Kathleen Thelen; Cambridge University Press, 2010), and A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Science (with Gary Goertz; Princeton University Press, 2012). Mahoney has been President or Chair of four different Organized Sections of American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association. He has been Chair of Sociology at Northwestern, and he is currently on the APSA Council. His most recent book is The Logic of Social Science (Princeton University Press, 2021).
Rochona Majumdar is a historian of modern India with a focus on Bengal. Her writings span histories of gender and sexuality, Indian cinema especially art cinema and film music, and modern Indian intellectual history. Majumdar also writes on postcolonial history and theory. She is the author of Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), Writing Postcolonial History (London: Bloomsbury, 2010), Art Cinema and India's Forgotten Futures (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming). She is co-editor with Dipesh Chakrabarty and Andrew Sartori of From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (New Delhi: OUP, 2007) and with Margrit Pernau and Helge Jordheim, Civilizing Emotions (New York: OUP, 2015).
William Mazzarella writes and teaches on the political anthropology of mass publicity, critical theory, affect and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, ritual and performance, and the occult shadow of the modern. His books include Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Duke, 2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (Duke, 2013), The Mana of Mass Society (Chicago, 2017), and, with Eric Santner and Aaron Schuster, Sovereignty, Inc: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (Chicago, 2020). He is also the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (Indiana, 2009), and the editor of K D Katrak: Collected Poems (Poetrywala, 2016). His article 'The Anthropology of Populism: Beyond the Liberal Settlement' appears in the 2019 issue of Annual Review of Anthropology. For a sampling of Dr Mazzarella’s publications, please visit his academia.edu profile.
Lily Medina is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her broad interests include political violence, criminal governance, experimental methods and causal inference. Prior to attending U.C. Berkeley, she was a predoctoral fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) within the Institutions and Political Inequality unit. Her work includes evaluating community-driven development initiatives and their effect on citizen attitudes toward authority as well as R-packages for Bayesian methods for causal inference (CausalQueries) and for experimental designs (DesignLibrary). Lily holds an M.S. in statistics from Humboldt University of Berlin and a B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Los Andes of Bogota.
Ioana-Elena Oană is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence where she is currently working on developing semi-automated solutions for protest event analysis within the framework of the SOLID project. Nena is the main developer of the R package SetMethods for advanced QCA and has extensive experience in teaching QCA using R at various international methods schools and universities (ECPR Methods Schools, Lund University, University of Helsinki, EUI, etc.). She has also co-authored with Carsten Q. Schneider and Eva Thomann the book ‘Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) using R: A Beginner’s Guide’, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Besides research methodology, her main research interests include political participation and representation, political behavior, and political psychology.
Timothy Pachirat graduated from IQMR in the early aughts and has been teaching ethnography at IQMR since 2009. Author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011), Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power (Routledge, 2018), and various essays on interpretive methodologies and ethnographic methods in the social sciences. Pachirat works as an Associate Professor of Critical Political Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Rod Rhodes is Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton (UK); and Director of the Centre for Political Ethnography. He is the author or editor of 40 books including, most recently The Art and Craft of Comparison (With J. Boswell and J. Corbett, Cambridge University Press 2019); Networks, Governance and the Differentiated Polity. Selected Essays. Volume I. (Oxford University Press, 2017), Interpretive Political Science. Selected Essays. Volume II (Oxford University Press, 2017), Narrative Policy Analysis (editor, Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and the Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science (edited with Mark Bevir, Routledge 2015). He has also published some 200 articles and chapters in books. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). In 2015, the ECPR awarded him their biennial Lifetime Achievement Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to all areas of political science, and the exceptional impact of his work’.
Tesalia Rizzo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. Rizzo is also a Research Affiliate at MIT Governance Lab and at the Stanford Governance Project. Rizzo studies topics in comparative political behavior and political economy using a variety of techniques such as field experiments, surveys, interviews, and observational data. Her book project, titled “Intermediaries of the State: The Bureaucratic Transaction Costs of Claiming Welfare in Mexico,” explores how bureaucratic transaction costs prevent individuals from directly claiming welfare benefits. Instead, these costs create a market for clientelist intermediaries, disincentivizes governments from creating sound social policy, and inhibits citizens from effectively engaging with the state. The policy instrument Rizzo developed through her research was awarded the 2017 Innovations in Transparency award by the Mexican Government’s Transparency Institute. Rizzo’s dissertation received honorable mention in the 2020 Best Dissertation Award in Experimental Research from the American Political Science Association. Rizzo received her Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT and she has been a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a postdoctoral fellow at Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.
Nicholas Rush Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York – City College and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. His primary research interests are on democratic politics as seen through the lens of crime and policing in post-apartheid South Africa and on qualitative and ethnographic methods. He is the author of Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2019) and, with Erica Simmons, co-editor of Rethinking Comparison: Innovative Methods for Qualitative Political Research (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming). His work has been published or is forthcoming in African Affairs, American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Polity, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.
Fred Schaffer is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His area of specialization is comparative politics with a geographic focus on Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Substantively, he studies the meaning and practice of democracy across cultures using the tools of ordinary language philosophy and other language-based interpretive methods. He is author of Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide (2016), The Hidden Costs of Clean Election Reform (2008), and Democracy in Translation: Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture (1998). He also edited Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying (2007).
Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor of Political Science at Central European University (CEU). His research and teaching interests focus on the study of political regime change processes in different world regions and on comparative social science methodology, especially set‐theoretic methods. He is author of The Consolidation of Democracy in Europe and Latin America, co‐author of Set‐Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences, and of articles that appeared, among others, in Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, European Journal of Political Research, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. Two books on set-theoretic methods are forthcoming in Cambridge University Press series ‘Methods for Social Inquiry’. Schneider is the winner of the 2019 David-Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award. From 2009-14, he was an elected member of the Germany Academy of Young Scientists.
Jason Seawright is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. Professor Seawright's research interests include comparative politics, with an emphasis on comparative political parties and on political behavior; and methodology, particularly involving multi-method research designs and issues of causal inference. He is the author of Party-System Collapse: The Roots of Crisis in Peru and Venezuela. His research has been published in Political Analysis, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and a range of other journals and edited volumes.
Erica Simmons is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds the Political Science Department Board of Visitors Professorship. Her research and teaching are motivated by an interest in contentious politics, particularly in Latin America, and qualitative methods. She is the author of Meaningful Resistance: Market Reforms and the Roots of Social Protest in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2016), which was recognized by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association with the 2017 Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award. Her research has been published in a range of journals, including World Politics, Theory and Society, Comparative Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Comparative Political Studies and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation, among others. Currently Simmons is pursuing research projects on interactions among protesters and targets, the politics of natural resource extraction, and comparisons and generalizations in political science.
David Waldner is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on research design, qualitative methodology, and comparative politics. His research interests are the political and economic development of the post-colonial world and qualitative causal inference. He is the author of State Building and Late Development and his two current book projects are Democracy and Dictatorship in the Post-Colonial World and Causality & Explanation in Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lisa Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College and Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago. She is also Associate Faculty in Anthropology and Co-Editor of the University of Chicago Book Series “Studies in Practices of Meaning.” Her publications include three books: Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (1999; with a new preface, 2015); Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (2008); and Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria (2019). Among her articles are the following: “Conceptualizing ‘Culture’: Possibilities for Political Science” (2002); “Concepts and Commitments in the Study of Democracy” (2004); “Ethnography as an Interpretive Enterprise” (2009); “Reflections on Ethnographic Work in Political Science” (2010); “Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria” (2013); and “Scientific Knowledge, Liberalism, and Empire: American Political Science in the Modern Middle East” (2016). She is the recipient of the David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award and an NSF fellowship. For Authoritarian Apprehensions, she received in 2020 the American Political Science Association’s Charles Taylor Book Award, sponsored by the Interpretative Methodologies and Methods group, and the APSA’s inaugural Middle East and North Africa Politics Section’s best book award. She is currently completing an edited volume with Joseph Masco entitled Conspiracy/Theory and beginning work on a monograph about concepts, interpretation, and genre.
Steven Lloyd Wilson is assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University, project manager for the Varieties of Democracy Institute, and co-PI of the Digital Society Project. His research focuses on comparative democratization, cyber-security, and the effect of the Internet and social media on authoritarian regimes, particularly in the post-Soviet world.