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About the Lab

The Stanford Ethnography Lab provides students and faculty with the resources, training, and intellectual community for generating cutting-edge ethnographic and fieldwork research. 

The Lab provides support through a number of programs and events:

  • Graduate Fellowship Program. Every year, the Lab offers a number of fellowships for Stanford graduate students. Each fellow identifies and invites a senior scholar from beyond the university to travel to Stanford to meet, provide feedback on the fellow's in-progress work, and facilitate a seminar dedicated to the fellow's project. Fellowships also provide stipends for research expenses, such as travel and transcriptions.

  • Qualitative and Fieldwork Methods Workshop. Every week, the Lab gathers faculty and students to share in-progress research and provide constructive feedback.

  • Book Author Series. Once per quarter, the Lab invites authors of recently published books to visit Stanford for seminars and informal conversations about substantive findings, research methodology, and “tales from the field.” The Lab provides complementary copies of books beforehand to facilitate rich conversations with authors.

  • Collaborative Projects. The Lab provides resources and support for a number of collaborative research projects and team ethnographies.

  • Methodological Classes and Training. The Lab facilitates practicum classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for students interested in learning the method and conducting their own fieldwork projects. The Lab also offers instructional sessions on qualitative data analysis (QDA) software and other research tools.

  • “Write-in” Sessions. In order to encourage daily writing practices and boost research productivity, the Lab regularly convenes students and faculty to work on their papers, articles, and dissertations free of the everyday distractions of cell phones, social media, and email.


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