On Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. EST the Center for Governance and Markets will host a book launch of Doing Global Fieldwork: A Social Scientist's Guide to Mixed-Methods Research Far from Home (Columbia University Press, 2021). In this how-to guide for social science researchers, author Jesse Driscoll (University of California – San Diego) walks through the major stages of fieldwork breaking down ethical questions, action items, and common obstacles.
Drawing on years of his own field research in political science in several countries, Driscoll will discuss his key to successful fieldwork: improvisational pluralism. Ana Arjorna (Northwestern) will respond.
About the Speakers
Jesse Driscoll is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California at San Diego. His main area of research is comparative state-building dynamics. He is the author of Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and he has conducted fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Somalia, Georgia, and Ukraine.
Ana Arjona is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. Her academic interests include violence and conflict, organized crime, drug policy, the foundations of political order, state building, local governance, and the links between crime and politics. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and Kosovo. Her award-winning book, Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2016), proposes a theory to explain order and disorder in war zones, as well as the form order takes when it emerges, giving place to different forms of rebel governance.