IMM Executive Committee

Ido Oren, Chair

Ido Oren Portrait, May 2015Ido Oren is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Florida. Professor Oren earned a BA in Middle Eastern and African studies from Tel-Aviv University, an MA in Political Science from New York University, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Chicago. His intellectual and research interests range from IR theory, international security affairs, and U.S. foreign policy, through the history and politics of  American political science, to interpretive methods of political research. Oren’s book, Our Enemies and US: America’s Rivalries and the Making of Political Science was published by Cornell University Press and translated into Chinese and Japanese. His articles have appeared in journals such as Perspectives on Politics, International Security, the European Journal of International Relations, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Professor Oren is a former Vice President of the International Studies Association and former President of the Association’s Southern region. In spring 2010 he was a Fulbright lecturer at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Oren has given invited lectures/presentations in Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Israel, Japan, and at various Chinese universities.

Lee Ann Fujii

Fujii small photo1Lee Ann Fujii is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Her first book was Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2009). She is currently writing a second book, entitled Show Time: The Logic and Power of Violent Display. Show Time  examines the meaning-making power of “violent display” in three different sites of killing (Northwest Bosnia, Central Rwanda, and the mid-Atlantic region of the United States).

Lee Ann also has a third book in press, Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach. This book is slated for release in August
2017 as part of the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods co-edited by
Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea.

For more information regarding her current teaching and research interests and experience, please visit her webpage.

Joseph Lowndes

_ZPsGJUb_400x400Joseph Lowndes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oregon where he is also a Faculty Affiliate in Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Study of Women in Society. His research interests include American political development, racial politics, populism, conservatism, political culture, discourse, visual rhetoric. His published work includes From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism (Yale University Press, 2008), and Race and American Political Development (Routledge, 2008) co-edited with Julie Novkov and Dorian Warren. He has also authored numerous articles on language and politics, populism, right-wing movements, and the US presidency.

Lowndes is currently completing two book projects: The first is The Rise and Fall of White Populism: Donald Trump and the Transformation of the Silent Majority. The second, with Daniel Martinez HoSang, is titled The Labor of Race in the Age of Inequality.

Timothy Pachirat

Pachirat (cropped)Timothy Pachirat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He studies politics and power by bringing close, fine-grained attention to lived experiences into conversation with larger, made-in-the-academy concepts and theories.  He tries to write in richly narrative, accessible language.  His hope is that this writing shifts my readers’ understandings of how power operates in the worlds around them, and perhaps inspires them to work for changes in those worlds.  Professor Pachirat is trained as a political scientist and a comparativist, but he reads omnivorously and works hard to draw on and speak to substantive and methodological questions that travel across disciplines and subfields rather than being sharply delimited by them.

More specifically, Timothy is interested in comparative politics, the politics of Southeast Asia, spatial and visual politics, power and resistance, critical animal studies, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. In 2004, he conducted fieldwork for nearly six months as a liver hanger, a chute handler, and a quality control worker on the kill floor of an industrialized cattle slaughterhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. This ethnographic research is the basis for Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011; paperback, 2013; Korean translation, 2012), a political ethnography of the massive, repetitive killing of animals carried out by a largely immigrant workforce. In this book, he explores how large, everyday processes of violence that are seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society are organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced. He also explores how civilization, violence, and sight are related in surprising and counterintuitive ways.

Frederic C. Schaffer

schafferFrederic C. Schaffer is a Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. His area of specialization is comparative politics. Substantively, he studies the meaning of democracy, the practice of voting, and the administration of elections. What sets much of his work apart from other empirical research on democracy is a methodological focus on language. By investigating carefully the differing ways in which ordinary people around the world use terms such as “democracy,” “politics,” or “vote buying” – or their rough equivalents in other languages – he aims to arrive at a fuller appreciation of how they understand and make use of electoral institutions. This richer appreciation, he believes, is both intrinsically interesting and crucial to tackling real-world political problems. A good deal of his research, to be more specific, has taken up three basic but understudied questions: (1) Does democracy, when translated, mean what we think it does? (2) Why do attempts to make elections less fraudulent and error-prone so often backfire? (3) What exactly is vote buying, why is it bad, and can it be reformed away?

Professor Schaffer’s publications include four books, Democracy in Translation: Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture (Cornell University Press, 1998), Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007), The Hidden Costs of Clean Election Reform (Cornell University Press, 2008), and his most recent, Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide (Routledge, 2016).

Peregrine Schwartz-Shea

Schwartz-SheaProfessor Schwartz-Shea is a Professor in the Political Science Department, University of Utah. She published her early research using experimental methods and rational choice theory. Shifting theoretical interests led to research focusing on methodological practices in political science and interpretive methods. With Dvora Yanow, she is co-editor of the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods. They co-authored the first volume in the series, Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes. The second edition of their co-edited Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn (ME Sharpe) appeared in 2014. Her current research examines US human subjects protection policy, building on the 2014 Betty Glad SYMPOSIUM: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy. Professor Schwartz-Shea is past president of the Western Political Science Association (2012-13) and recipient of a University of Utah Graduate Student Mentor Award (2012) and a National Science Foundation grant to co-organize the Workshop on Interpretive Methodologies in Political Science (2009).

Joe Soss

SossJoe Soss is the inaugural Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service at the University of Minnesota, where he holds faculty positions in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology. His research and teaching explore the interplay of democratic politics, socioeconomic inequalities, and public policy. He is particularly interested in the political sources and consequences of policies that govern social marginality and shape life conditions for socially marginal groups. Professor Soss has pursued a wide variety of methodologies and methods in his scholarship and regularly teaches graduate courses in this area.

Joe Soss is the author of Unwanted Claims: The Politics of Participation in the U.S. Welfare System (University of Michigan Press, 2000), co-editor of Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform (University of Michigan Press, 2003), co-editor of Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007), co-author of Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and author or co-author of numerous scholarly articles.  In 2010 and 2017, he received the campus-wide Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students (COGS). In 2016, Professor Soss was honored with the University’s campus-wide award for outstanding contributions to graduate education, named a Distinguished University Teaching Professor, and inducted into the UMN Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Outside his academic work, Soss is an active musician and recently released an album, The Sound of Sweet Ruin.

Dvora Yanow

Dvora Yanow is Guest 140530_Dvora_in_Amsterdam_032_cr_18cm_300ppi.use.jpgProfessor in the Social Sciences Department, Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Group, Wageningen University. She is a policy/political and organisational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist. Her research and teaching are shaped by an overall interest in the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in organisational and policy settings. Her current research topics include practice studies, research regulation (ethics board) policies, built space/place analysis, science/technology museums and the idea of science, and state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices.

Professor Yanow’s  most recent book, Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes (Routledge, 2012), with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, is the first volume in their co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods. The second edition of their co-edited Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn (ME Sharpe) appeared in 2014.


Founding Executive Committee Members (2008)

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University

Cecelia Lynch, University of California, Irvine

Julie Novkov, SUNY Albany

Ido Oren, University of Florida

Timothy Pachirat, New School

Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, University of Utah

Dorian Warren, Columbia University

Dvora Yanow, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam


Program Chair, IMM Conference Group @ APSA, 2017-2018

Lee Ann Fujii

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See biography above.


Past Program Chairs

2009:    Peri Schwartz-Shea, University of Utah, and  Dvora Yanow, VU Amsterdam

2010:    Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College, and  Julie Novkov, SUNY Albany

2011:    Ido Oren, University of Florida

2012:    Ron Schmidt, California State University, Long Beach

2013:    Fred Schaffer, UMass Amherst

2014:    Rich Holtzmann, Bryant University

2015:    Doug Dow, University of Texas, Dallas

2016:    Ed Schatz, University of Toronto

2017:    Lee Ann Fujii, University of Toronto



Aarie Glas

IMG_3278An instructor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Aarie Glas previously attended the London School of Economics (MSc, International Relations, 2008) and McMaster University (BA Combined Honours, History & Political Science, summa cum laude, 2007). His doctoral research, “Habits of Peace: Long-term Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia and South America,” concerns the habit and practice of regional governance in Southeast Asia and South America.