Curriculum Vitae

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Current Position

  • Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University (2016-)
  • Research Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University (2019-)

Education

2014 ____ Ph.D. in Political Science (Northwestern University)

2007 ____ MA in Political Science (Northwestern University)

2004 ____ Magister Artium (Tübingen University)

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Kapiszewski, Diana, and Sebastian Karcher. 2021. “Empowering Transparency: Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI).” PS: Political Science & Politics 54 (3): 473–78. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096521000287. Introduction to a guest-edited symposium “Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI): Transparency in Practice in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.” Ungated.
  2. Karcher, Sebastian, Dessislava Kirilova, Christiane Pagé, and Nic Weber. 2021. “How Data Curation Enables Epistemically Responsible Reuse of Qualitative Data.” The Qualitative Report 26 (6): 1996–2010. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.5012.
  3. Kapiszewski, Diana, and Sebastian Karcher. 2021. “Transparency in Practice in Qualitative Research.” PS: Political Science & Politics 54 (2): 285–91. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096520000955.
  4. Weber, Nicholas, Sebastian Karcher, and James Myers. 2020. “Open Source Tools for Scaling Data Curation at QDR.” The Code4Lib Journal, no. 49 (August). https://journal.code4lib.org/articles/15436.
  5. Weber, Nicholas, and Sebastian Karcher. 2020. “Seeking Justification: How Expert Reviewers Validate Empirical Claims with Data Annotations.” In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2020, 227–34. JCDL ’20. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3383583.3398537.
  6. Alexander, Steven M., Kristal Jones, Nathan J. Bennett, Amber Budden, Michael Cox, Mercè Crosas, Edward T. Game, et al. 2020. “Qualitative Data Sharing and Synthesis for Sustainability Science.” Nature Sustainability 3 (2): 81–88. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0434-8. Preprint.
  7. Karcher, Sebastian, and Nicholas Weber. 2019. “Annotation for Transparent Inquiry: Transparent Data and Analysis for Qualitative Research.” IASSIST Quarterly 43 (2): 1–9. https://doi.org/10.29173/iq959.
  8. Karcher, Sebastian, and Sophia Lafferty-Hess. 2019. “An Epic Journey in Sharing: The Story of a Young Researcher’s Journey to Share Her Data and the Information Professionals Who Tried to Help.” IASSIST Quarterly 43 (1): 1–10. https://doi.org/10.29173/iq942.
  9. Fenner, Martin, Mercè Crosas, Jeffrey S. Grethe, David Kennedy, Henning Hermjakob, Phillippe Rocca-Serra, Gustavo Durand, et al. 2019. “A Data Citation Roadmap for Scholarly Data Repositories.” Scientific Data 6 (1): 28. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-019-0031-8.
  10. Kirilova, Dessi, and Sebastian Karcher. 2017. “Rethinking Data Sharing and Human Participant Protection in Social Science Research: Applications from the Qualitative Realm.” Data Science Journal 16 (September): 43. https://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2017-043.
  11. Karcher, Sebastian, Dessislava Kirilova, and Nicholas Weber. 2016. “Beyond the Matrix: Repository Services for Qualitative Data.” IFLA Journal 42 (4): 292–302. https://doi.org/10.1177/0340035216672870. Ungated.
  12. Karcher, Sebastian, and David A. Steinberg. 2013. “Assessing the Causes of Capital Account Liberalization: How Measurement Matters.” International Studies Quarterly 57 (1): 128–37. https://doi.org/10.1111/isqu.12001. Ungated. Data.
  13. Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sebastian Karcher. 2010. “Complementarities and Continuities in the Political Economy of Labor Markets in Latin America.” Socio-Economic Review 8 (4): 623–51. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwq022. Ungated.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

  1. Weber, Nicholas, Sebastian Karcher, and James Myers. 2020. “Open Source Tools for Scaling Data Curation at QDR.” The Code4Lib Journal, no. 49 (August). https://journal.code4lib.org/articles/15436.
  2. Karcher, Sebastian, Dessi Kirilova, and Christiane Pagé. 2020. “Case Study: Sharing Qualitative Social Science Data.” In Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research across the Social Sciences, by Michelle Salmona, Dan Kaczynski, and Eli Lieber, 226–34. Los Angeles: SAGE. Ungated.
  3. Gerring, John, Sebastian Karcher, and Brendan Apfeld. 2020. “Impact Metrics.” In The Production of Knowledge: Enhancing Progress in Social Science, edited by Colin Elman, James Mahoney, and John Gerring, 371–400. Strategies for Social Inquiry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108762519.015.Ungated.
  4. Kapiszewski, Diana, and Sebastian Karcher. 2020. “Making Research Data Accessible.” In The Production of Knowledge: Enhancing Progress in Social Science, edited by Colin Elman, James Mahoney, and John Gerring, 197–220. Strategies for Social Inquiry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108762519.008. Ungated.
  5. Karcher, Sebastian. 2019. “Qualitative Data Repository: Case Study.” In Looking for Insight, Transformation, and Learning in Online Talk, by Trena M. Paulus and Alyssa Friend Wise. New York, NY: Routledge.
  6. Karcher, Sebastian, and Christiane Pagé. 2017. “Workshop Report: CAQDAS Projects and Digital Repositories’ Best Practices.” D-Lib Magazine 23 (3/4). https://doi.org/10.1045/march2017-karcher.
  7. Karcher, Sebastian. 2013. “Review of: Labor Relations in New Democracies: East Asia, Latin America and Europe by José A. Alemán .” Political Studies Review 11 (3): 421–421. https://doi.org/10.1111/1478-9302.12028_48.
  8. Thelen, Kathleen A, and Sebastian Karcher. 2013. “Resilience and Change in Federal Institutions: The Case of the German Federal Council.” In Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism, edited by Jörg Broschek and Arthur Benz, 117–39. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652990.003.0006.Ungated.
  9. Karcher, Sebastian, and Ben Ross Schneider. 2012. “Business Politics in Latin America: Investigating Structure, Preferences, and Influence.” In Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics, edited by Peter R. Kingstone and Deborah J. Yashar, 273–84. New York, NY: Routledge. Republished in Spanish as:
  10. Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sebastian Karcher. 2012. “La Política de Las Empresas En Latinoamérica: Investigando Sus Estructuras, Preferencias e Influencia.” Apuntes: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 39 (70): 7–28. https://doi.org/10.21678/apuntes.70.644.
  11. Karcher, Sebastian. 2011. “Ungleichheit Und Das Trilemma Lateinamerikanischer Arbeitsmärkte.” In Soziale Ungleichheiten in Lateinamerika: Neue Perspektiven Auf Wirtschaft, Politik Und Umwelt, edited by Hans-Jürgen Burchardt and Ingrid Wehr, 179–200. Studien Zu Lateinamerika 10. Baden-Baden: Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845229614-179.

Work in Progress

  1. VandeVusse, Alicia, Jennifer Mueller, and Sebastian Karcher. 2021. “Qualitative Data Sharing: Participant Understanding, Motivation, and Consent.” SocArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/ghkjz.
  2. Jacobs, Alan, Diana Kapiszewski, and Sebastian Karcher. 2021. “Using Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) to Teach Qualitative Research Methods.” APSA Preprints. https://doi.org/10.33774/apsa-2021-1fnv8-v2. (Accepted for Publication in PS: Political Science)
  3. Crosas, Mercè, Julian Gautier, Sebastian Karcher, Dessi Kirilova, Gerard Otalora, and Abigail Schwartz. 2018. “Data Policies of Highly-Ranked Social Science Journals.” SocArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/9h7ay.

Pedagogical Writing

Grants and Scholarships

  • Empowering Open Law and Science (2020-2023), National Science Foundation. (PI, $218,851)

  • Qualitative Data Repository (2019-2022), National Science Foundation (Co-PI, $1,667,886)

  • Privacy Interoperability (2018-2022), Sloan Foundation, Subaward from the University of Washington, Seattle (Co-PI, $140,520)

  • Teaching with Qualitative Data, CUSE Seed Grant, Syracuse University (PI, $5,000)

  • Guest Scholar, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2010–2011

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship – Social Science Research Council, 2008–2009

Software Development

  • Citation Style Language (CSL) – co-maintainer of the largest open source repository of automated citations styles (used in Zotero, Mendeley, Papers, etc.) www.citationstyles.org (XML, git).

  • Zotero – co-maintainer, translator development and maintenance. (javascript)

  • archivr. R-package for archiving weblinks. Co-author and maintainer

  • Zotero-ODF-Scan. Zotero add-on for google docs and Scrivener integrations. Co-author. (javascript, some XUL)

Invited Talks and Workshops

  • UC Merced
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Guttmacher Institute
  • Universität Mannheim
  • Albany University
  • TU Delft
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Ohio State University
  • Caltech
  • University of Kansas
  • UW Seattle

Work Experience

  • Course Design – In the Telling, LLC, Boulder CO, production of online courses (2014–2016).

  • Workshop Facilitator for “Zotero Trainer” workshops. Workshops for librarians and others supporting Zotero at university libraries across the United States. http://www.zotero.org/support/training

  • Teaching Assistant Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2005–2009.

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • IASSIST, RDA, RDAP, Force11, American Political Science Association, PAA

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Development Studies, PLOS One, PeerJ Computer Science, and Business Politics.
  • Grant review (panel), National Science Foundation
  • Technical Steering Groups, Datacite

Languages

  • German (native), English (functionally native), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese, French (reading, basic conversation), Latin (good reading).

Coding

  • R, Javascript, python, git, xml/html