Many political scientists, both within and beyond the academy, conduct research in circumstances in which they, their research subjects, or their research collaborators may be under duress—among refugees or the very poor, in violent conflict, under autocratic regimes. What are their ethical obligations to themselves, their collaborators, their subjects and the research enterprise as a whole? How should department graduate advisors and PhD committees ensure that their students are properly prepared not only to comply with IRB requirements but conduct ethical, responsible and constructive inquiry?
Join us for a workshop seeking to showcase and refine our simple assessment tool that PhD students (and other researchers) can use to examine the ethical dimensions of their proposed research. Part presentation, and part collaboration, our workshop is designed for all faculty who advise graduate students proposing and conducting research in dangerous circumstances.
Although the development of our assessment tool reflected the concerns of researchers in Middle East politics, it is designed to be universally useful. We welcome input from Department Chairs, Director of Graduate Studies, PhD advisors. It would also profit faculty who are preparing students for nonacademic careers in think tanks, consultancies, NGOs and other institutions that utilize social science methods and techniques.
Lisa Anderson, Columbia University
Rabab El Mahdi, The American University in Cario
Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges