A guide to conducting political science fieldwork abroad

In a new volume, more than 40 political scientists provide personal accounts of conducting field research in locations, often dangerous, around the globe. Co-edited by Boston College Political Science Associate Professor Peter Krause and Ora Szekely of Clark University, Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science (Columbia University Press), presents narratives from political scientists—from a diverse range of biographical and academic backgrounds—about work ranging from conducting archival research to interviewing combatants. Topics covered include conducting surveys and interviews, questions of health and safety, and the importance of flexibility, creativity, and interpersonal connections. Krause’s previous publications include Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win.

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