Master Class with Professor Jennifer Brinkerhoff
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Wolfson Exchange (3) in the Library
12.30- 1 pm: light lunch, sandwiches
1.00-2:30 pm: Teaching and Q&A session
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at George Washington University,
and Co-Director of the GW Diaspora Program
Professor Jennifer Brinkerhoff on Policy-relevant and Internet-based Research
Scholars often refer to “policy-relevant research.” What does that mean? What does it look like? How do we identify policy-relevant questions? I will provide an overview of my own research agenda and discuss where and how policy-relevant research questions may emerge. I will provide some guidelines for what policy relevant research might look like—products and components of products. I will end this portion of my talk with some cautionary remarks about committing to policy-relevant research.
In the second portion of my talk, I will speak specifically to research methodology for understanding online communities and for drawing from Internet-based data more generally. I will draw from my research experience from my book Digital Diaspora: Identity and Transnational Engagement (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), which explicitly focused on online communities. I will also discuss more general issues pertaining to online data sources, drawing from my more recent research for my book (under review), The In-Between Advantage: Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Institutional Reform.
Open to PAIS MA, Ph.D. Students, and post-docs on a first come first serve basis. There are 25 places available.
Once the class is full, please email Dr Maria Koinova: firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waiting list.