In their contribution to the “Covid-19 and the Social Sciences” series, Elisabeth Jean Wood, Douglas Rogers, K. Sivaramakrishnan, and Rene Almeling explain that for the foreseeable future, research in many field sites will face complex ethical and logistical challenges, and argue that immersive ethnographic field research will likely be among the last areas of academic research to resume something resembling its prepandemic rhythms. They reflect on the necessary conditions for the resumption of US-based or international field research and propose a series of principles that academic institutions can follow in order to avoid promulgating unresponsive, blanket policies.
Elisabeth Jean Wood
Elisabeth Jean Wood is the Crosby Professor of the Human Environment and professor of political science, international, and area studies at Yale University. Beginning in 2020, she will serve as codirector of the Program in Agrarian Studies. Her work focuses on political violence, particularly conflict-related sexual violence during civil war, as well as the agrarian legacies of war. She is the author of Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and coeditor with Morten Bergsmo and Alf B. Skre of Understanding and Proving International Sex Crimes (Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2012) and with Ian Shapiro, Susan C. Stokes, and Alexander S. Kirshner of Political Representation (Cambridge University Press, 2010). A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she teaches courses on comparative politics, political violence, collective action, agrarian studies, and qualitative field research. Beginning in June 2020, she will be a coeditor of the American Political Science Review. She currently serves on the American Political Science Association’s Ad-hoc Committee on Human Subjects Research.