Research Portfolio Post #9: End of Term Mentor Meeting

I met with Professor Scott Freeman on Wednesday, December 4 for roughly 20 minutes, and then continued our dialogue on email. We first discussed my puzzle and the methodology I intended on pursuing and evaluated briefly the methodological tradeoffs involved (how interpretivist discourse analysis was useful in understanding local meaning-making as opposed to the utility […]

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Research Portfolio Post #8: Qualitative Data Sources for Interpretivist Research

I am proposing to research citizenship and democracy because I would like to explain how it became possible that Kuwait  established a constitution and National Assembly in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] I am studying discourses about Kuwaiti citizenship and governance in the 1950s-1960s.[2] Within these discourses, we see representations of the ruler-subject relationship as one that […]

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Research Post #6

I am proposing to research the causes of humanitarian intervention because I would like to find out why some states/IGOs intervene militarily in humanitarian crises, in order to help my reader better understand why some humanitarian crises result in military intervention while others do not.[1]My research question would be more precisely articulated for large-n analysis as: […]

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Research Portfolio Post #5: Research Puzzle Proposal

I am proposing to research the causes of humanitarian intervention because I would like to find out why states and/or international organizations pursue (or do not pursue) military intervention in response to humanitarian crises, in order to help my reader better understand why some humanitarian crises result in military intervention while others do not. Initially, the […]

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Research Portfolio Post #4: Article Comparison

Both neo-positivist sources are situated within the same conceptual grouping analyzing social norms as the primary factor in intervention, though both acknowledge that norms interact with interests/strategic concerns. Even in considering this however, these sources do not apply cognitive/decision-making lenses on intervention, but rather concentrate mostly on social norms. Both sources also look at the […]

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Research Portfolio Post #1: Research Interests

I am interested in examining the role social norms/identities play in shaping actor behavior, particularly in the context of global commons. I am intrigued by the question of whether the competitive (and ultimately destructive) self-gain patterns theorized in the Tragedy of the Commons need be considered inevitable or whether different conceptions of culture, self, norms, […]

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