The Basics of Research Interviews

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Monday, June 14
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

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Workshop Description

Interviews are a powerful tool in the social sciences for collecting detailed, qualitative data. They are a window into how people understand their world, a thick description of how they process information. Researchers in textiles, design, engineering, really in any discipline, can employ interviews to understand user experience and dig beyond the variable. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic interviewing techniques, how to construct a semi-structured interview protocol, and participate in activities that get them started on the path toward conducting their own interviews. Specifically, we will work together to develop a semi-structured protocol around a topic chosen by the workshop, and then use it to conduct practice interviews in pairs.


Speaker Biography:

Andrew Smolski is a doctoral candidate in sociology. For more than 5 years, Andrew has taught lower-level and upper-level undergraduate courses. For the last year, he has worked on literature review workshops with graduate students as part of the Peer Scholars Program. His research focuses on agri-food systems and political economy, with an emphasis on Latin America and the United States. He collaborates with scholars from Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, and Agriculture and Human Sciences, building interdisciplinary projects. He has published in Capital & Class, Agriculture, and Development in Practice. As coordinating editor of Latin American Perspectives, a generalist Latin American Studies peer-reviewed journal, he reviews and edits manuscripts in English, Spanish and Portuguese from a global network of scholars. 


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    Andrew Robert Smolski
    PhD Candidate, Sociology & Anthropology