Spring 2020

Political Ethnography

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-358


Tess E. Wise (Section 01)


Ethnography is an immersive, interpretive research methodology that is ideally suited for studying culture and power. This course introduces students to works of political ethnography such as Evicted by Matthew Desmond, Every Twelve Seconds by Timothy Pachirat, and Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild. Students will learn techniques such as participant observation and ordinary language interviewing. We will also consider the principle of positionality and the ethics of ethnographic research. In the second half of the semester, students will conduct and present their own ethnographic research.

Requisite: At least one POSC course 200 or above. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Wise.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020