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Free Short Course: Qualitative Data Analysis with Prof. Denise Milstein

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DATE: Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm AND Thursday, March 31, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Please note that attending both days is required.

LOCATION: International Affairs building, Room 270B

This course will train participants in using qualitative data and qualitative analysis in their research projects. The course will guide participants through each step in a research project: formulating questions, composing a research plan, conducting fieldwork, choosing an analytic approach, presenting results and integrating software skills into the process. Participants will learn to plan and carry out research with the assistance of qualitative data analysis (QDA) software. After discussing the utility of qualitative research and related data collection and analysis strategies, the seminar will introduce Atlas.ti as one software tool for analyzing data and theorizing on the basis of that analysis. Although we will use Atlas.ti, the skills learned in hands-on exercises will be applicable to other QDA software and to multi-method approaches. Discussion in the second half of the course will build around participants’ specific research projects, including discussion and problem-solving for particular questions. 

Please note that each student must bring a laptop computer to the classroom. The computer should have enough battery life for each session.

Denise Milstein received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Her work develops a relational, historically grounded perspective at the intersection of art and politics. Based in her examination of popular music, she has written and published on the articulation of urban imaginaries through songs, the impact of repression on artistic careers, the connection and conflict between political engagement and counter-culture, and the emergence of innovation from artistic revivals. The configuration and transformation of space has come to play a central role in her work. Her current projects examine the evolution of relationships and interactions between and among the changing environment -- natural and human built -- and local communities, artists and scientists.Whether in New York, Osaka, or Tierra del Fuego, she is most interested in how this shifting dynamic transforms social and ecological perspectives and gives rise to artistic innovation.

She trains and guides students in qualitative methods and coordinates the free-standing MA program in Sociology.