Comparative-historical social science includes a large range of work, some of which is more comparative and some of which is more historical. Although there is no single set of defining dimensions of all comparative-historical work, many studies in this field have one or more the following characteristics: a focus on explaining and interpreting particular cases; a consideration of historical sequences and the unfolding of processes over time; the systematic juxtaposition and comparison of case features; a concern with conceptual and theory development as well as theory testing; and intensive data collection and analysis, including through qualitative procedures such as ethnography, archival research, and field research.
The workshop provides an opportunity for graduate students to read and offer constructive criticisms to scholars working this area. It also is an opportunity for students to present their own work and receive feedback from workshop participants. Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to attend.
Unless otherwise noted, all Comparative-Historical Workshop meetings are held on Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. Snacks and beverages are provided. More information on the Comparative-Historical Workshop can be found at workshop and events.Back to top