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Researching Under Fire: Political Science and Researcher Trauma

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 January 2017

Cyanne E. Loyle
Affiliation:
Indiana University
Alicia Simoni
Affiliation:
Independent Scholar

Abstract

Despite dynamic discussions of research methods within political science, there has been comparatively scarce attention paid to the possibility and effect of research-related trauma—the trauma experienced by individuals working on issues and data related to violence and death. There are many activities within the field of political science that put members of the profession directly at risk for this form of trauma. In this article, we draw attention to the possible risks of research-related trauma for scholars, graduate students, and research team members, and offer some recommendations for best practices in what can be a challenging discipline.

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