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David J. O’Brien
David J. O’Brien
Edited by Wendy Murphy and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
Jeffrey L. Bernstein
Almost thirty years ago, when I was applying to graduate school in political science, my senior thesis adviser at Washington University, Charles Franklin, described me in his letter of recommendation (I’m paraphrasing) as someone who thought about politics like a scientist, rather than like some kid who liked politics. I took, and continue to take, these words as a compliment, as I know they were intended. I pursued graduate study out of a desire to take this subject that I had always enjoyed following and to study it with more analytical rigor.
Wendy Murphy and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
The Handbook of Research Methods in Careers serves as a comprehensive introduction to the methodologies that researchers use in the careers domain. As a phenomenon of study, careers have unquestionably become more rich, dynamic, and complex than ever before. Our authors present their methods in detail and offer numerous actionable best practices, realistic previews, and even cautionary tales based on their vast collective experience publishing in this area. The Handbook showcases the diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to designing projects and studying careers across the spectrum of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Together, the 57 authors who contributed to this Handbook represent institutions and organizations across 13 countries from a range of disciplinary training and an even wider range of national origins. The diversity inherent in our authorship reflects the diversity in careers research itself and provides further evidence of the rich heritage and future of the careers field.