October 13, 2021
Kanisha Bond (SUNY Binghamton) on doing participant observation on the contemporary Antifa movement, the blurring of the line between researcher and activist roles, thinking about America as a comparative case, and thinking purposefully about the need to sometimes step back from research that can be repurposed by the state as op-sec. The third in our "when the field is home" series.
September 29, 2021
Asfandyr Mir (Stanford - CISAC) shares his reflections on the challenges of presenting himself as a neutral scientist observer when researching the U.S. drone war in Pakistan. The second in a "when the field is home" series.
September 23, 2021
Tariq Thachil (UPenn) is the first in a "when the field is home" series. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being able to present as a local? Is being ambushed on social media part of what we should be preparing students for? Does it "count" as ethnographic observation if you are also looking for measurable indicators for quantitative tests as you go? How should we teach THEFT OF AN IDOL?
September 15, 2021
Zachariah Mamphilly (CUNY) answers the big questions about agency and responsibility. What does it mean to be an oppositional intellectual in the field of political violence? Should we expect any accountability for the role that our field has played in legitimizing the war on terror as we chase grants and policy relevance? As we professionalize our students, who are we teaching them to write for?
August 30, 2021
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), activist and scholar, reflects on his journey. Saddle wisdom, "The Tao of Leonard", and practical advice for early-career scholars.
June 22, 2021
Jen Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh) speaking candidly about Afghanistan, course correction while in the field, and the importance of publicly admitting mistakes.
June 10, 2021
The legendary Bob Bates describes his fieldwork experiences Zambian mining townships -- getting in, building trust, staying safe, and writing up. Can qualitative methods be taught?
May 21, 2021
Meeting The Host #2: Jesse Driscoll recalls some memorable characters from his time in Tajikistan and Georgia.
May 18, 2021
Meeting The Host #1: Christian Davenport (University of Michigan) shares some hard-won wisdom from his experiences in Rwanda.
May 15, 2021
Our second podcast guest is Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago), author of Ambiguities of Domination, Peripheral Visions, and Authoritarian Apprehensions.