Teaching / Teaching Presentations

Social Science Innovations

This open, self paced, short course on research methods helps researchers think innovatively about social research in these difficult times. I picked a range of methods that demonstrate how Covid doesn’t have to close down ambitious thinking in the social sciences.

Each course includes handouts, exercises and learning goals, and a few videos from myself and co-Instructor Nahema Marchal. There are links to tools, how-to readings at an introductory and advanced level, examples of the methods in use, embedded DOIs/URLs, equality & diversity statements, and Zotero citation databases, all wrapped under a creative commons license.

Rigorous social research is needed more than ever, covid doesn’t have to close down ambitious thinking. We tend to default to online interviewing or the analysis of existing datasets, and students scoping Master’s or Doctoral projects don’t have to be constrained that way. We want create options for social researchers with critical questions but travel and social distancing constraints.


Social research doesn’t have to be constrained by restrictions on travel, fieldwork, and spendint time with the people and organizations we want to study. Constraints can inspire innovation! This introduces the Social Science Innovations course.

Comparative Case Studies

Social science began with comparative case study methods, and they remain among the most powerful methods available to modern researchers seeking both generalization and causal inference.

Qualitative Social Media Analysis

Significant forms of public life are lived through–and recorded by–social media platforms. Platform affordances vary greatly, but they provide a ready source of data about important social problems.

Virtual Focus Groups

There’s magic is in watching people interact–part of what makes social research so exciting. Whether using complex prompts + nuanced controls or not, innovations in virtual techniques make this ideal for current research environment.

Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses allow us to synthesize research by treating individual studies as data points. A robust way to parse through large bodies of evidence and synthesize answers to a specific question.

Network Ethnography

Network Ethnography combines ethnographic and social network analysis in a way that allows researchers to systematically, immersively, and remotely conduct fieldwork.

Audit Studies

This module outlines how to use auditing methods to investigate real social processes while researchers and human subjects are socially isolated.