On the Record: The Methods, Ethics, and Practice of Interview Fieldwork

Panel Discussion


Brett Carter, CDDRL

Date and Time

March 31, 2016 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


William J. Perry Conference Room
Encina Hall, Second Floor, Central, C231
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Description: In the Social Sciences and the Humanities, we regularly debate the implications of research drawing on oral interviews, but only infrequently discuss the process of collecting such testimony itself. Join postdoctoral fellows from FSI as they discuss the practical and ethical concerns of doing human subjects research they have encountered in their own work abroad. The panel will discuss issues such as the methods of building networks and asking questions, the logistics and risks inherent in conducting such research, and the moral or ethical considerations for protecting sources. The panel will conclude with an open discussion aimed both at scholars new to such methods and those who actively grapple with similar issues in their own work.

About the Panel:

  • Brett Carter, Fellow at CDDRL; National Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Kate Cronin-Furman, Law & International Security Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC
  • Morgan Kaplan, Predoctoral Fellow, CISAC; Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago
  • Terrence Peterson (moderator), Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC
  • Magda Stawkowski, MacArthur Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC


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