Peri August 2011
  • Professor, Political Science Department


  • Peregrine Schwartz-Shea (2017). Yes, You Can Do Research Without Variables and Statistics: Interpretive Social Science. Global Review of Social Sciences. Accepted, 12/01/2017.
  • Peregrine Schwartz-Shea & Samantha Majic (2017). Symposium Introduction—Ethnography and Participant Observation: Political Science Research in this ‘Late Methodological Moment'. PS: Political Science & Politics. Vol. 50, 1-9. Published, 01/2017.
  • Yanow, Dvora, and Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine. 2016. “Encountering Your IRB 2.0: What Political Scientists Need to Know,” with Dvora Yanow.PS: Political Science & Politics, 49 (2), 277-86. Published, 04/2016.
  • Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods. Co-edited with Dvora Yanow. See for a description of the purpose of the series. Accepted, 12/2013.
  • “Adapting Clicker Technology to Diversity Courses: New Research Insights” with Lauren Holland and Jennifer Yim. Journal of Political Science Education, Volume 9, Number 3, 273-91. Published, 09/2013.
  • Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine and Yanow. Dvora. “Reading Our Readers.” 2012. In “Symposium: Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow’s Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes (Routledge Press, 2012)” Qualitative & Multi-Method Research (Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative & Multi-Method Research)10(2), 14-21. Published, 12/2012.
  • Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine, and Yanow, Dvora. Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes. Routledge. 2012. New York and London. Published, 01/2012.
  • “Perestroika Ten Years After: Reflections on Methodological Diversity,” with Dvora Yanow. PS: Political Science and Politics, 2010, 43 (4 October), 741 -745. DOI:10.1017/S1049096510001149. Published, 10/2010.
  • “Elinor Ostrom’s Fieldwork Sensibility.” Review Symposium: Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons, A Discussion of Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Perspectives on Politics, 2010, 8 (2 June), Invited essay. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592710000393. Published, 06/2010.
  • Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine, and Yanow, Dvora. “Reading and Writing as Method: In Search of Trustworthy Texts.” In Organizational Ethnography: Studying the Complexity of Everyday Life, eds. Sierk Ybema, Dvora Yanow, Harry Wels, Frans Kamsteeg. London: Sage, 56-82. Published, 2009.
  • “Reforming Institutional Review Board Policy: Issues in Implementation and Field Research,” with Dvora Yanow. PS: Political Science and Politics, 41 (3), 483-94. Published, 2008.
  • “Expert-Local Transfer of Medical Knowledge: Enabling Mutual Learning across Cultures,” with Robert Bateman. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 3 (3), 107-116. Published, 2007.
  • Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine. “Conundrums in the Practice of Pluralism.” In Sanford Schram and Brian Caterino, eds., Making Political Science Matter: Debating Knowledge, Research, and Method. New York: NYU Press, 209-221. Published, 2006.
  • “Thinking and Doing Social Science in a Humanistic Manner,” with Dvora Yanow. In Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds. Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 380-393. Published, 2006.
  • “Judging Quality: Evaluative Criteria and Epistemic Communities," with Dvora Yanow. In Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds. Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe,89-113. Published, 2006.
  • Yanow, Dvora and Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine, eds. Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. Published, 2006.
  • Schwartz-Shea, Peregrine. 2005. "The Graduate Student Experience: 'Hegemony' or Balance in Methodology Training?” In Kristen Renwick Monroe, ed. Perestroika! The Raucous Revolution in Political Science. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 374-402. Published, 2005.
  • “Is This the Curriculum We Want? Doctoral Requirements and Offerings in Methods and Methodology,” PS: Political Science and Politics, 2003, 36 (3), 379-86. Published, 2003.
  • “Symposium Introduction--Methodological Pluralism in Journals and Graduate Education? Commentaries on New Evidence,” with Andrew Bennett. PS: Political Science and Politics, 2003b, 36 (3), 371-372. Published, 2003.
  • “‘Reading’ ‘Methods’ ‘Texts’: How Research Methods Texts Construct Political Science” with Dvora Yanow, Political Research Quarterly, 2002, 55 (2), 457-486. Notified by Political Research Quarterly editors, Cornell Clayton and Amy Mazur, that this article was “one of the top ten most frequently accessed articles on SAGE Journals Online during the past year (June 2007 through June 2008).”. Published, 2002.
  • “Theorizing Gender for Experimental, Game Theory: Experiments with 'Sex Status' and 'Merit Status' in an Asymmetric Game,” Sex Roles, 2002, 47, (7/8), 301-319. Published, 2002.
  • “Social Dilemmas and Perceptions: Experiments on Framing and Inconsequentiality,” with Randy Simmons. 1995. In David A. Schroeder, ed. Social Dilemmas: Perspectives on Individuals and Groups, Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 87-103. Published, 1995.
  • “Method, Metaphor, and Understanding: When is the Commons Not a Tragedy?” with Randy Simmons. 1993. In Terry L. Anderson and Randy T. Simmons, eds. The Political Economy of Customs and Culture: Informal Solutions to the Commons Problem, Rowman and Littlefield, 1-11. Published, 1993.
  • “Simple Dilemmas, Complex Dilemmas and Experimental Research,” with John Orbell, Small Group Research, 1992, 23 (1), 4-25. Published, 1992.
  • “Empowering Women: Self, Autonomy and Responsibility,” with Barbara Rowland-Serdar, Western Political Quarterly, 1991, 44 (3), 605-624. Reprinted as a chapter in Lewis P. Hinchman and Sandra K. Hinchman, eds., Memory, Identity and Community: The Idea of Narrative in the Human Sciences, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1997, 213-33. Published, 1991.
  • “Egoism, Universalism and Parochialism: Experimental Evidence from the Layered Prisoners' Dilemma,” with Randy Simmons, Rationality and Society, 1991, 3 (1), 106-132. Published, 1991.
  • “Understanding Subgroup Optimization: Experimental Evidence on Individual Choice and Group Processes,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 1991, 1 (1), 49-73. Published, 1991.
  • “Free Riding, Alternative Organization and Cultural Feminism: The Case of Seneca Women's Peace Camp,” with Debra Burrington, Women & Politics, 1990, 10 (3), 1-37. Published, 1990.
  • “Do Cooperators Exit More Readily than Defectors?” with John Orbell and Randy Simmons, American Political Science Review, 1984, 78, 147-162. Published, 1984.

Research Statement

I was trained in experimental, rational choice and published a number of articles in that tradition.  I became interested in gender scholarship and received an NSF grant to explore rational choice explanations of gender inequality.  As a result of the NSF grant, I was forced to analyze the difficulties of using traditional research paradigms and methodologies (experimental game theory) for understanding the subtleties of gender inequality.  During my 2001 research leave as a Faculty Fellow and then as an Aldrich Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, I began my current research trajectory with a project on curricular reform in political science doctoral education in the areas of methodology and epistemology. In 2006 I completed a co-edited book on interpretive social science; a 2014 second edition has now appeared. As of 2009, I am co-editor, with Dvora Yanow, of the Routledge Series in Interpretive Methods. We also co-authored the first volume in the series, Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes. My 2014-2015 sabbatical project examines US human subjects protection policy, building on the March 2014 Betty Glad SYMPOSIUM: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy (


Research Keywords

  • Teaching qualitative interpretive research methods
  • Research Ethics
  • Interpretive Social Science
  • Human Subjects Protection [IRB] Policy


  • "9 Common Misconceptions about the IRB System, Or Why Social Scientists Need to Contest a System that is Distorting Social Science Knowledge," Political Research Colloquium presentation, University of Utah Political Science Department. Presentation, Presented, 11/06/2017.
  • Invited Keynote, May 20. “Future(s): W(h)ither humanistic social science research?” PAT-NET (Public Administration Theory Network) Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 20-22, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2016.
  • “Conceptualizing ‘The Empirical’: Passing on the Broken Line Between Political Theory and the ‘Interpretive Turn.’” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, CA March 28-30, 2013—Co-chair and participant of the roundtable. Panel, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Democracy at Stake: A Panel Discussion of the 2012 Presidential Election Hinckley Institute of Politics and Department of Political Science . Other, Presented, 10/25/2012.
  • “Why Flexible Research Design Is Not An Oxymoron; Meet the Author, Interpretive Research Design.” University of Utah Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Seminar. Other, Presented, 03/09/2012.
  • Organizer and presenter, with Lee Ann Fujii and Dvora Yanow. Field Research: Interpretive Approaches. 2010 American Political Science Association Short Course 20. Other, Presented, 09/01/2010.
  • “IRB Regulations and the State: Protecting Public Officials from Researcher Scrutiny?” with Dvora Yanow. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2-5. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • “Creating an Enriching Climate in Diversity Courses: The Use of Clickers” with Jennifer Yim and Lauren Holland. Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Southern Political Science Association, Denver, CO, April 8-11. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.