Peregrine Schwartz-Shea is Associate Professor of Political Science. She was initially trained in experimental methods and rational choice theory, and she published articles in that vein in such journals as American Political Science Review, Public Choice, Rationality and Society, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Motivation and Emotion, and Small Group Research. Much of that research was funded by National Science Foundation grants to Schwartz-Shea and/or collaborators. An eventual change in research philosophy was occasioned by her experiences at, and research on, the Seneca Women's Peace Camp, published in Women & Politics (with Debra Burrington), and she reoriented her research agenda to topics such as gendered organization, published in the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, and critical assessments of methods textbooks and doctoral curricula, published in Political Research Quarterly (with Dvora Yanow) and PS: Political Science and Politics, respectively. The latter two articles were completed as a Faculty Fellow and as an Aldrich Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.
In collaboration with co-editor, Dvora Yanow, she has recently published Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn (2006), which offers a meaning-centered approach to research in the human sciences. Currently, she is completing another study on gender and organization (with Robert Bateman) and beginning an examination of how IRB policies impact interpretive research in the social sciences with special attention to ethnographic methods. She is also trying to assess the possibility of increased grant funding for interpretive social science.