Feb. 26 & Mar. 5: Free Short Course on Qualitative Data Analysis

Of possible interest to Draper students:

The Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program and INCITE | Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory & Empirics, Columbia University, Present:


– Deadline is Monday, February 16 –

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 a tool for analyzing data and theorizing on the basis of that analysis. Although participants will be introduced to the elements particular software, the skills learned in hands-on exercises will be applicable to other QDA software and to approaches that combine qualitative data analysis with other types of data and analysis. Discussion in the second half of the course will be built 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 is a Lecturer and the Masters Advisor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia and received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Brown University. Her research develops an ethnographic and historical perspective on the emergence and relational dynamics of innovation in art worlds. Based on her qualitative analyses of popular music, she has published on the relationship between innovation and musical revivals; the expression and transformation of urban imaginaries through songs; and the impact of repression on artistic careers, political engagement and counter-culture. She is currently completing a manuscript on musical movements in Uruguay and Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s. This project examines the interaction of musicians, social movements and cultural mediators during the consolidation of authoritarianism. Her new research explores the dynamics and life cycles of cultural movements by tracing the evolution of social networks in art worlds. Professor Milstein has previously taught short courses on qualitative methods and ethnographic interviewing.

Find more information about this opportunity here: http://incite.columbia.edu/

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