Research

Books

Simmons, Erica S. and Nicholas Rush Smith (eds.). Forthcoming. Rethinking Comparison: Innovative Methods for Qualitative Political Inquiry. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2019. Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa. New York: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics Series)

Articles and Book Chapters

Simmons, Erica and Nicholas Rush Smith. Forthcoming. “Comparisons with an Ethnographic Sensibility: Studies of Protest and Vigilantism.” In Rethinking Comparison: Innovative Methods for Qualitative Political Research, Erica S. Simmons and Nicholas Rush Smith (eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Simmons, Erica and Nicholas Rush Smith with Lisa Wedeen. Forthcoming. “Theory and Imagination in Comparative Politics: An Interview with Lisa Wedeen.” In Rethinking Comparison: Innovative Methods for Qualitative Political Research, Erica S. Simmons and Nicholas Rush Smith (eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Alan M. Jacobs and Tim Büthe with 48 others. Forthcoming. “Transparency in Qualitative Research: An Overview of Key Findings and Recommendations.” Perspectives on Politics.

Schwedler, Jillian, Erica S. Simmons and Nicholas Rush Smith. Forthcoming. “Ethnography and Participant Observation: Summary of the Final Report of QTD Working Group III.3.” Perspectives on Politics.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. Forthcoming. “Member Checking: Lessons from the Dead.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.

Simmons, Erica S. and Nicholas Rush Smith. 2019. “The Case for Comparative Ethnography.” Comparative Politics 51 (3): 341-359.

Simmons, Erica S., Nicholas Rush Smith, and Rachel Schwartz. 2018. “Rethinking Comparison in the Social Sciences.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 16 (1): 1-7. (Co-Organizer of symposium on “Rethinking Comparisons”)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2017. “The Rule of Rights: Comparative Lessons from Twenty Years of South African Democracy.” Comparative Politics 50 (1): 123-141.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2017. “New Situations Demand Old Magic: Necklacing Past and Present.” In Global Lynching and Collective Violence: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Michael Pfeifer, Ed. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Simmons, Erica S. and Nicholas Rush Smith. 2017. “Comparison with an Ethnographic Sensibility.” PS: Political Science and Politics 50 (1): 126-130.

Slater, Dan and Nicholas Rush Smith. 2016. “The Power of Counterrevolution: Elitist Origins of Political Order in Postcolonial Asia and Africa.” American Journal of Sociology 121 (5): 1472-1516.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2015. “Rejecting Rights: Vigilantism and Violence in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” African Affairs 114 (456): 341-360. (Lead Article)

Book Reviews

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2020. “’Township Violence and the End of Apartheid: War on the Reef’ by Gary Kynoch.” International Journal of African Historical Studies 52 (3): 485-86.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2018. “’Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ by Rita Kesselring.” Anthropological Quarterly 91 (2): 841-845.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2017. “’Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa’ by Stephanie M. Burchard and ‘The Limits of Democratic Governance in South Africa’ by Louis A. Picard and Thomas Mogale.” Perspectives on Politics 15 (1): 261-262.

Other Publications

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2020. “What Thirty Percent Unemployment Looks Like.” Boston Review. May 14. http://bostonreview.net/class-inequality-global-justice/nicholas-rush-what-30-percent-unemployment-looks.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2019. “Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Democracy in Africa. 20 May. http://democracyinafrica.org/contradictions-democracy-vigilantism-rights-post-apartheid-south-africa/. (Invited)

Schwedler, Jillian M., Erica S. Simmons and Nicholas Rush Smith. 2019. “Ethnography and Participant Observation.” American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, Working Group Final Reports, Report III.3 (August 2018). https://ssrn.com/abstract=3333465

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2018. “Apartheid.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Bruce Arrigo, Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Smith, Nicholas Rush. 2018. “South Africa.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Bruce Arrigo, Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Simmons, Erica S. and Nicholas Rush Smith. 2015. “The Case for Comparative Ethnography.” Qualitative and Multi-Method Research: Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 13 (2): 13-18. (Invited)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “Beyond Pistorius: The Politics of South African Justice.” African Arguments. September 12, 2014. http://africanarguments.org/2014/09/12/beyond-pistorius-the-politics-of-south-african-justice-by-nicholas-rush-smith/

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “The Struggle Continues: Mandela and His Legacies.” Five Rupees. July 1, 2013. http://fiverupees.com/2013/07/01/guest-post-the-struggle-continues-mandela-and-his-legacies/ (Invited)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “The Wonga Coup: Transparency and Conspiracy in Equatorial Guinea.” CSIS Online Africa Policy Forum. January 23, 2008: http://forums.csis.org/africa. (Invited)

Ongoing Projects, Working Papers, and Articles under Review

Smith, Nicholas Rush. The Tradition of All Dead Generations: Crisis and Reproduction after Democratic State Violence. (Book Project in Development)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. Method of the Damned: Ethnography and Its Contradictions. (Book Project in Development)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “The Emotional Turn in Political Violence Research.” (Rewrite and Resubmit at World Politics)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “The State as Golem: Police Violence in Democratic South Africa.” (Under Review for Edited Volume, Everyday State and Democracy in Africa, Wale Adebanwi (ed.))

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “Mobilization, State Violence, and the Decline of Vigilantism: Comparative Lessons from the United States for Africa.” (Working Paper)

Smith, Nicholas Rush. “A Ghostly Presence in the Life of Civilized States: Young Men and the Police amidst Democratic Change in South Africa.” (Working Paper)