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Berkay Gulen on Doing Fieldwork in the Middle East (QUAL Speaker Series, 11/29/2018)

Posted: 11/19/2018 (Local Events)

Interview Tips from the Middle East: Conducting Elite Interviews in Turkey and Israel

Berkay Gulen, Ph.D. Candidate in International Studies, conducted a series of interviews with foreign policy-makers in Turkey and Israel during the 2017-18 academic year. For her dissertation research, Gulen designed different types of semi-structured questionnaires and respondent lists to better understand foreign policy decision-making mechanisms in Turkey and Israel. After spending 12 months in the field and interviewing more than 80 policy-makers, she came across different political conditions and human interactions than she had anticipated. In this talk, Gulen will discuss practical lessons from her experience contacting respondents, recording interviews, organizing interview notes, being a native/non-native researcher, and encountering gender norms during her fieldwork.

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Date: 11/29/2018

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: THO 317