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Taking "professionalization in the discipline" with Lee Ann Fujii

Jurkovich, Michelle

The most important “class” I took during my time as a graduate student was not an official seminar. Rather, the one-on-one tutorials I received from Lee Ann Fujii covered much of what I most needed to know: about the ethics of fieldwork; professional norms in the discipline; how to stand up for myself as a young (ish) woman in this discipline. To say that Lee Ann Fujii changed the way I understand the ethics and practice of social science research would be an understatement. Over cups of tea in my living room or animated conversations on the phone or through email, Lee Ann challenged me to rethink my understanding of the field, especially by examining the ways power affects the discipline itself, the questions we ask, and how we go about answering them. Lee Ann loved a good discussion on research ethics and reflexivity, and I would like to continue this conversation by reflecting on a couple of the many questions I have wanted to ask her since her passing and questions I hope we continue to grapple with as a field.

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