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Robert Adcock

Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Robert Adcock's interests focus on the politics of knowledge, the transatlantic history of the social sciences and of liberalism, and the philosophy and methods of the social sciences, especially qualitative and interpretive methods. He is the author of Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science: A Transatlantic Tale (Oxford UP, 2014), was the co-editor of Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Exchanges since 1880 (Princeton UP, 2007), has authored or co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, History of Political Thought, the Journal of Theoretical Politics and elsewhere, and edited the newsletter of the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research organized section of the American Political Science Association from Fall 2011 to Fall 2014.

Degrees

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Summa Cum Laude, Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
BS, Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Office
SIS - School of International Service
East Quad Bldg - 305
Wednesday 9.30-11.30, 1.30-4.00
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Robert Adcock. 2014. Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science: A Transatlantic Tale. New York: Oxford University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2014. "A Disciplinary History of Disciplinary Histories: The Case of Political Science." In A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences,eds. Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2013. "Generalization in Comparative and Historical Social Science: The Difference that Interpretivism Makes." In Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn, 2nd edition, eds. Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe.

Robert Adcock and Mark Vail. 2012. "Beyond Pluralism? Corporatism, Globalization, and the Dilemmas of Democratic Governance." In Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates since 1880, ed. Mark Bevir. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2009. "Making Making Social Science Matter Matter to Us." Journal of Theoretical Politics 21 (1): 97-112.

Robert Adcock. 2007. "Who's Afraid of Determinism? The Ambivalence of Macro-Historical Inquiry." Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (3): 346-64.

Robert Adcock, Mark Bevir, and Shannon Stimson, eds. 2007. Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Exchanges since 1870. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2006. "The Emigration of the 'Comparative Method': Transatlantic Exchange and the Birth of American Political Science." European Political Science 5: 124-36.

Robert Adcock and Mark Bevir. 2005. "The History of Political Science." Political Studies Review 3 (Jan): 1-16.

Robert Adcock. 2003. "The Emergence of Political Science as a Discipline: History and the Study of Politics in America, 1875-1910." History of Political Thought 24 (3): 459-86.

Robert Adcock and David Collier. 2001. "Measurement Validity: A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research." American Political Science Review 95 (3): 529-46.

David Collier and Robert Adcock. 1999. "Democracy and Dichotomies: A Pragmatic Approach to Choices about Concepts." Annual Review of Political Science 2: 537-65.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

2015 Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science, International Political Science Association's Committee on Concepts & Methods award for best work in concept analysis published in 2012-14