This talk will be a wide-ranging look at how non-historians can use historical methods and data. I’ll bring in a bunch of examples from my research, and also talk about my own journey in academia.
Title: Let’s Go to the Archives! Using Historical Methods for Policy and Organizational Research
Abstract: This talk will review the advantages and challenges of using historical methods to research public policy problems and organizational development. Drawing from a diverse array of studies ranging from antebellum anti-slavery campaigns to the contemporary Veterans Health Administration, I will explain how non-historians can benefit from the tools and methods used to conduct historical research.
Bio: Colin Moore is Chair of the School of Communications, Director of the Public Policy Center, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Prior to joining the faculty at UH, he served as a research fellow at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics and as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University. Moore’s scholarship focuses on American political development, public bureaucracies, health policy, and the historical analysis of institutional change. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Studies in American Political Development, among other venues. He is the author of American Imperialism and the State: 1893 – 1921 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).