PS: Political Science & Politics


Emerging Models of Collaboration in Political Science: Changes, Benefits, and Challenges

Rose McDermotta1 and Peter K. Hatemia2

a1 Brown University

a2 University of Iowa

In increasing numbers, political scientists are engaging in collaborative research. It is useful to consider the advantages of such efforts and to suggest strategies for finding optimal collaborators. In addition, there are issues and challenges that arise in the face of increased collaboration, particularly interdisciplinary collaboration across the life and social sciences. Inevitably, as the discipline has moved from a dominant solo-author model to a wider array of authorship possibilities, whether those teams encompass two-person partnerships, large research teams, or something in between, new administrative and cultural questions have already begun to surface as the discipline works to assimilate these changes. Consonant with previous efforts by the American Political Science Association (Biggs 2008; Chandra et al. 2006), we seek here to continue a broader disciplinary conversation surrounding the opportunities and challenges posed by more diverse patterns of teamwork. In so doing, we hope to help continue to encourage transparent, predictable, and openly collaborative intellectual partnerships wherein individuals receive the institutional credit and merit they deserve.

Rose McDermott is professor of political science at Brown University. She works on issues related to political psychology in international relations. A 2008–2009 fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, McDermott received her Ph.D. (political science) and MA (experimental social psychology) from Stanford. McDermott has held fellowships at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and Harvard's Women and Public Policy Program. She also held a National Institute on Drug Abuse Postdoctoral Fellowship in Treatment Outcome Research on Heroin Addiction at UCSF's Department of Psychiatry.

Peter Hatemi is assistant professor at the University of Iowa and visiting scientist in the department of genetic epidemiology at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia. He was a research fellow at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. His current research focuses on exploring the sources of political and social behavior by integrating an understanding of biological predispositions with other environmental stimuli that dynamically shape preferences and behaviors on core elements of group life. Hatemi's work includes research on social and political values, fundamentalism, ideology, voting behaviors, partisanship, ideologues, terrorism, mate selection, social bonding, and fear.