Announcement C-Lab lectures series


Centre for Law and Behavior

Universiteit van Amsterdam


What?                   C-Lab lecture: Rocking Qualitative Social Science – Ashley Rubin

When                    Tuesday 13 September 16.30-17.30 (online)

For whom?              Open to VSR members and those interested






Ashley Rubin is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She holds a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Rubin’s research examines the dynamics of penal change throughout US history. She is the author of The Deviant Prison (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and Rocking Qualitative Social Science (Stanford University Press, 2021).     

Ashley: ‘In this talk, I will discuss my new book, Rocking Qualitative Social Science (Stanford University Press, 2021), focusing on my motivations for writing it and what I see as its main contributions. I will emphasize the importance of matching the research process to the goals of the research project. In that spirit, I will contrast the common emphasis on the one “right way” of doing qualitative research to what I call the “dirtbagging” approach to research, which is a more inclusive and flexible approach that still follows the scientific method, but rearranges the steps in ways that we are often told not to do. Finally, I will offer some highlights from the book, focused on countering some conventional wisdom.’

Are you interested in joining this lecture online? Please send an e-mail to Tamara Butter: