Conference: Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard - Knowledge Production and Community

February 14, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting you to the upcoming conference “Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard: Knowledge Production and Community," which will be held at CGIS and at the Center for European Studies on March 1st and 2nd. Organized by Qualitative Social Science at Harvard Faculty Project and funded by the Provost Office,  this conference aims to strengthen the large but dispersed community of Harvard researchers using qualitative and mixed methods. A dozen faculty will reflect on how they have put together their main research projects, the challenges they have encountered, how they have resolved them, and more generally, on their personal use of qualitative and mixed methods in the production of social knowledge. Our goal are community building, helping faculty gain greater familiarity with the work conducted by their colleagues across various schools, and teaching graduate students about the craft of qualitative and mixed methods analysis across disciplines and research topics.   

The conference will open with a keynote address by Professor Robert Darnton on Thursday, March 1st at 4pm  (Tsai Audirotium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.), followed by a reception. On Friday March 2nd,  we will meet at the Center for European Studies  (27 Kirkland St. to hear from Professors Anne Becker (HMS),  Neil Brenner (HSD), Liz Cohen (FAS, history, and Radcliffe), Bob Eccles (HBS), Noah Feldman (HLS), Peter Dobkin Hall (KSG), Lawrence Ralph (FAS, anthropology), Julie Reuben (GSE), Prerna Singh (FAS, government), Vish Viswanath (HSPH), Mary Waters (FAS, sociology) and Malika Zeghal (FAS, Near Eastern Studies). See the attached program for details.

Started three years ago, the Qualitative Social science @ Harvard Faculty Project aims to improve the research and training in qualitative methods across all of the Harvard schools. Our past activities have included conducting a survey of faculty and graduate student needs in qualitative and mixed methods training, offering advanced and introductory courses in qualitative methods (in collaboration with Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)), creating a webinar on a popular software for content analysis, Atlas.ti (also with IQSS), circulating information about talks and course offerings via our website, coordinating various talks and other events, and more generally, building a community of qualitative and mixed methods social scientists at Harvard. See for more information. To add your name on our email list, please contact Kyoko Sato at

Looking forward to seeing many of you soon.


 The conference committee

Michel Anteby (HBS)

Matthew Desmond (FAS)

Michèle Lamont (FAS)

Rakesh Khurana (HBS)

Kyoko Sato (FAS)