The conference on Interview Research in Political Science, sponsored by the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Duke University Center for International Studies, brings together scholars from across the subfields of political science to discuss the use of interviews as a research tool. While graduate students often are advised to use multi-method approaches to research, they often receive very little guidance on the nuts and bolts of interview research. We seek to fill this gap by producing a set of papers — and ultimately an edited volume — that provides practical guidance, based on our own research experiences, in using interviews. Topics include using interviews to construct and test hypotheses; identifying whom to interview; the ethical issues associated with interviewing; and conducting interview work with a variety of informants, including legislators, business executives, grass-roots organizers and the general public.
For additional information on the conference, or if you are interested in attending, please contact Layna Mosley.
Layna Mosley is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the politics of global capital markets, the impact of global production on labor rights and the links between financial openness and government policymaking. Her publications include Global Capital and National Governments (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Working Globally? Multinational Production and Labor Rights (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly and Review of International Political Economy. Mosley received her Ph.D. from Duke University; prior to joining the faculty at UNC, she taught at the University of Notre Dame.
- Matthew Nolan Beckmann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine.
- Sarah Marie Brooks is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Ohio State University.
- Melani Claire Cammett is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University.
- Lee Ann Fujii is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University.
- Mary E. Gallagher is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.
- Beth L. Leech is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
- Julia Frances Lynch is the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Political Science.
- Cathie Jo Martin is professor of Political Science at Boston University and Chair of the Council for European Studies.
- Lauren Matthews Morris-MacLean is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University.
- William Reno is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.
- Reuel Rogers is is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.