Project Descriptions 2020-2021

Project Number: 1
Stephen Ruth
Professor
“Updating and Enhancing the Current ICASIT Jail Volunteers Database”

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Project Description: I manage a Schar School research Center which every year has several volunteers, either salaried or on internship agreements for three credits, working on a number of specific deliverables associated with my own research. If you check at the ICASIT web site (https://icasit.gmu.edu/ ). You can see samples of the various projects and also brief biographies of the interns. This project is identical to one that was recently completed, as described in this link ( https://schar.gmu.edu/news-and-events/latest-news/masters-student-creates-database-for-hospice-industry) But the subject area is volunteers at jails and detention centers, not hospice volunteers. An early version of this database is already available at the ICASIT website.

This project would involve updating the current version of the GL volunteers website to a higher level of utility and accuracy – extensive, imaginative  use of online resources would be required.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind

Necessary Skills: Very high capacity to do difficult Internet searches; willingness to become immersed in something completely different from normal experience; being co comfortable in working completely virtually

Desired Skills: High tolerance for ambiguity; superb English writing skills

 


Project Number: 2
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Associate Professor
“The Networks of Caravans and Counterinsurgency: Towards a New Social Movement Theory”

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Project Description: The present project analyzes the responses to US border security policies and particularly US immigration policy by activists, migrants, and progressive actors during the present era. It explains new forms of popular resistance in the US, south of its border and Hong Kong, as well as their effects in national politics, policies and geopolitics. This analysis focuses on migrant caravans and related protest movements. Finally, this article provides preliminary explanations of such phenomena that include considerations of geopolitics, philanthropy, and the plausible utilization of counterinsurgency tactics.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc., Translation, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: N.A.

Desired Skills: Proficient in Spanish

 


 

Project Number: 3
Bonnie Stabile
Associate Professor
“World Medical & Health Policy Journal”

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Project Description: Research assistants will help identify appropriate reviewers for manuscripts submitted for review, and may also assist with social media marketing of published manuscripts in new issues.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Library research, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: basic college level library research skills, Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with or willingness to learn citation styles for formatting article references

Desired Skills: conversancy with social media platforms

 


 

Project Number: 4
Bonnie Stabile
Associate Professor
“Gender and Policy Center”

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Project Description: Assist with research, formatting and citation for Gender and Policy Center related publications, including journal manuscripts and a book project

Job Description: Data collection, Library research, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Sound library research skills, Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with or willingness to learn citation and referencing styles

Desired Skills: interest in the subject matter, meticulous eye for detail, willingness to also do some social media promotion for Gender and Policy Center events and publications

 


 

Project Number: 5
Justin Gest
Associate Professor of Policy and Government
“Democratic Drain”

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Project Description: This project considers the effect of emigration on democratization in countries of origin.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind, Translation, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Good writing skills, experience with preparing literature reviews.

Desired Skills: Fluency/Proficiency in Arabic is desirable but not mandatory. Statistical skills are desirable but not mandatory.

 


 

Project Number: 6
Faye S Taxman
University Professor
“I.M. Stepping Up:  Assessment of Local Policies to Reduce Jail Populations”

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Project Description: The criminal justice system is the largest mental health provider in the U.S., and many jurisdictions are interested in reducing the use of the justice system for behavioral health issues. This study evaluates whether the Stepping Up Initiative overcomes barriers to implementation of EBPPs and the impact on key outcomes, such as increased number of clients receiving behavioral health services, increased use of EBPPs, and dedicated resources to advance the use of EBPPs. Mechanisms of interest are: 1) Use of and capacity for performance monitoring to guide system reform and development; 2) Use and functioning of interagency teams; 3) Having common goals and mission across agencies that support system-wide practices to advance the use of behavioral health services for CJS-involved individuals; and, 4) System integration (i.e., building an integrated system of care rather than adding one program or training). The study will survey 455 Stepping Up counties and 455 matched paired target counties.  This part of the study will document state-local government relationships that affect provision of jail and mental health services, as well as the priority given to reducing jail populations.  Students will learn about policy making activities, budgeting, and behavioral health funding schemes.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Experience with excel, word, and powerpoint

Desired Skills: SPSS

 


 

Project Number: 7
Peter Mandaville
Professor
“The Cultural Diplomacy of Emerging Powers”

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Project Description: While the concept of public diplomacy is most commonly associated with various U.S. State Department cultural activities and the programs of organizations such as the UK's British Council, there is a broader history of other nations seeking to win the hearts and minds of publics around the world (e.g. Soviet-era lifestyle magazines and, more recently, China's famed 'Confucius Institutes'). As the study of international relations pays increasing attention to the rising economic and military power of countries such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil, it is relevant to ask whether these emerging powers (as they are often termed) are also developing new “soft power” projection strategies. To help lay the groundwork for a new research project on “The Cultural Diplomacy of Emerging Powers,” the Research Assistant (RA) working with me in Spring 2021 will undertaking a global mapping process to assess the nature and extent of contemporary cultural outreach efforts conducted by countries such as China, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and others. This will involve inventorying and analysis of a wide range of cultural, media, and social media products linked to governmental public diplomacy and influence activities (e.g. Turkish soap operas, Russian anti-LGBT activism). The RA will also assess the current state of research and the academic literature on the same topic. This project provides an opportunity to develop key research skills, familiarity with various aspects of research design, and an introduction to the process of developing a new research project.

Job Description: Data collection, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind, Translation

Necessary Skills: Comfort and familiarity with major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.

Desired Skills: Ability to read one or more of Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Farsi, or Portuguese.

 


 

Project Number: 8
Jessica Srikantia
Term Associate Professor
“Outcome Research on a Well-being Course (using Inner Engineering)”

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Project Description: This project evaluates changes in student well-being as a result of engagement in a Spring 2021 well-being course that incorporates simple yoga, meditation, and Inner Engineering.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population, support with implementing online surveys

Necessary Skills: Willingness to clarify whatever they do not understand or wherever they are struggling

Desired Skills: Basic competency in Excel, basic library research capabilities

 


 

Project Number: 9
Heba F. El-Shazli
Assistant Professor
“Palestinian Governance and Institutions  (including civil society organizations)”

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Project Description: I seek assistance with research for the purpose of identification, description, and analysis of Palestinian governance institutions starting with the Oslo Accords (1993) and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (1994). Identification of government institutions based within the PA,  leaders,  functions, and role &  perception in society. In addition, one has to consider the description, role and function of civil society organizations (CSOs) parallel to government institutions.

Job Description: Writing literature summaries, Library research, Translation, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Excellent research skills, analysis, and writing clarity

Desired Skills: Arabic language: reading and writing

 


 

Project Number: 10
Mariely Lopez-Santana
Associate Professor
“The Political-Economy of Fiscal Oversight Boards”

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Project Description: Recent events in Detroit, Puerto Rico, and Greece have put economic emergencies in the forefront of politics. Even if local governments tend to be fiscally responsible, as it is the case in the United States (US), these entities occasionally are at risk of not meeting their obligations (e.g., paying debt, providing adequate services, meeting payrolls). In these instances, there are a variety of intergovernmental procedural, organizational, and legal options, including the creation of Financial Oversight Boards (FOBs).  This project focuses on the Puerto Rican FOB, better known as la junta. To explore the issues of democracy, accountability and legitimacy of this organization, we will be researching a variety of court cases.

Job Description: Spanish speaker

Necessary Skills: Very familiar with library research, especially court cases

Desired Skills: none

 


 

Project Number: 11
Mark N. Katz
Professor of Government and Politics
“Moscow's Continuing Relationship with a Former Soviet Client: Yemen's Ali Nasir Muhammad”

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Project Description: Moscow supported the Marxist ruler of South Yemen, Ali Nasir Muhammad, but turned against him in that country's 1986 civil war.  Yet Moscow and Ali Nasir re-established friendly contact, as his appearance at Valdai conferences on the Middle East in Moscow have shown.  Ali Nasir himself wrote a newspaper article in Arabic touching on (I am told) his relationship with Moscow in 2006.  I am searching with someone with strong Arabic language skills who can translate this article into English.

Job Description: Library research, Translation

Necessary Skills: Ability to translate Arabic text into English.

Desired Skills: Familiarity with Yemeni history and politics.

 


 

Project Number: 12
Lucas Núñez
Assistant Professor
“Migrant Remittances and Political Participation at Home”

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Project Description: There is a long debate on the extent to which personal economic conditions affect citizens' decisions to participate in politics, be it by voting, contacting public officials, or protesting. Resource constraint theories predict that poorer economic status will depress political participation, while relative deprivation theories predict an increase fueled by discontent. A third theory predicts that poorer citizens might be more politically engaged in places with developed clientelistic political machines, where politicians might provide relief for poor citizens' needs in exchange for some form of political support.

Migrant remittances from abroad provide an interesting way to test these alternative theories. Remittances are an important economic lifeline for many families in many Latin American countries. These remittances are cash transfers from family members living abroad, typically in the US but also from Spain and other countries. Remittances provide an interesting way to test these alternative theories of political participation, as they are not affected by the recipient country's general conditions. As such, they provide a way of isolating the economic conditions of recipient family members from conditions in their home countries' that might also influence decisions to engage politically. Moreover, remittances provide some degree of insulation from clientelistic machines, by reducing citizens' dependence on them.

The goal of this project is to rely on survey data from more than 20 countries in Latin America for the last decade collected by the Latin America Public Opinion Project to study how these remittances affect the recipients' economic status and, in turn, their decision to engage politically in a variety of ways.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.

Necessary Skills: Facility with spreadsheets; basic understand of data management; analytical skills

Desired Skills: Experience in R or Stata programming languages; ability to read in Spanish (intermediate)

 


 

Project Number: 13
Mirae Kim
Associate Professor
“Nonprofit Organization Research Panel”

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Project Description: Nonprofit organizations are important contributors to the US economy and social wellbeing but lack robust, nationally representative data for research and practice. The Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (NORP) intends to fill such a data gap and contributes to advancing knowledge and practice in the nonprofit sector. NORP aims to increase access to data-intensive research about nonprofit performance, and lead to more scientifically informed decision-making by nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and funders. 

NORP project URA(s) will participate in recruiting nonprofits to join the panel project (which includes identifying contact information of the selected nonprofits, preparing recruitment materials, and etc.), running periodic online surveys, and creating survey reports. During the process, URA(s) will be asked to search selected nonprofits’ websites, GuideStar, and/or other publicly available online platforms, an activity through which URA(s) can learn about a wide variety of nonprofit organizations across the US. Overall, URA(s) will learn about how to manage an online research panel, which has increasingly become a popular tool for data collection, as well as how to conduct an online survey with nonprofit organizations.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation, Support in preparing survey reports

Necessary Skills: Facility with spreadsheets: a basic internet search skill, attention to detail,
an interest in learning about various nonprofit organizations and online panel research

Desired Skills: Background or experience in the nonprofit sector, high interest in learning about various nonprofits, prior survey research experience, and a keen eye for copy-editing errors are all desirable for this position.

 


 

Project Number: 14
Philip Martin
Assistant Professor
“Building a Database of Military Mutinies in Côte d’Ivoire”

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Project Description: I am seeking a research assistant to help collect data on recent military mutiny events in Côte d’Ivoire, primarily using newspaper-based searches and analysis. I am collecting the data for my book project, Insurgent Armies: Military Loyalty and State Formation after Rebel Victory. Reading competency in French (B2 or higher) is a must.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data

Necessary Skills: The applicant must have reading proficiency in French (B2 or higher).

Desired Skills: Prior knowledge of West African politics and/or civil-military relations issues is desirable but not required. Experience working with datasets and/or doing data entry work is a plus.

 


 

Project Number: 15
Jonathan Gifford
Professor / Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy
“Infrastructure Management and Innovative Financing”

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Project Description: The student will be working with the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy’s director and research staff. The student will help with research related to transportation infrastructure public-private partnership (P3) projects. The research will involve analyzing P3 projects’ 1) delivery and operation methods, 2) financing approaches, and 3) effectiveness. We will also examine different factors that could impact  P3 projects such as uncertainties during a crisis.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind

Necessary Skills: Research and writing skills, ability to work with data sets, proactive, ability to work in a team setting

Desired Skills: Knowledge or interest in P3 Policies, and/or background in Public Policy or Economics

 


 

Project Number: 16
Janine Wedel
University Professor
“Mapping Shadow Influence Elites, Policy, Governance, & Corruption”

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Project Description: This project brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary team of scholars (in public policy, anthropology, sociology, politics, computer science and data science) from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government and the DataLab/College of Science to study how influence elites wield power and hold sway in a system that has become much more complex and opaque over the past several decades. Using two wholly unique datasets (one of off-shore hedge funds and institutional investors in them; the other of post-retirement careers of U.S. generals and admirals), the project seeks to analyze and visualize patterns of elite linkage, influence, and governance in the critical arenas of finance and defense. In addition to scholarly interest, the material and potential findings of the project lend themselves to public-interest journalism.  The databases were given to Janine Wedel, University Professor in the Schar School, following some of her publications on influence elites. This project was awarded a MDR multidisciplinary grant from the Provost's office.

Student TASKS may include: 
• Collecting data, coding (data entry), & managing spreadsheets or databases;
• Organizing files & data;
• Conducting library research and writing literature summaries regarding the subjects of the two data bases;
• Reaching out to Washington-based NGOs that overlap with the project’s interest areas, such as Kleptocracy Watch, FACT Coalition, Global Integrity, and Oxfam America;
• Attending meetings of such organizations, talking with representatives, and reporting back to the project team;
• Helping to draft research and policy papers.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research

Necessary Skills: Please see above.

Desired Skills: Please see description above.

 


 

Project Number: 17
Janine Wedel
University Professor
“Preserving Firsthand Accounts of Repression in Communist Eastern Europe”

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Project Description: A political anthropologist, I conducted years of on-the-ground research in communist Poland in the 1980s leading to my doctoral dissertation and two books.  This project will preserve a treasure trove of unique interviews and documents from this work—the first from the martial law period in the early 1980s, the second from the decade’s end as communism was crumbling. 

I seek a reliable, organized, and enthusiastic student to support the organization, translation, and digitization of my dozens of tapes and boxes of interviews and field notes, with the goal of preparing a digital archive for access through libraries.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Please see above.

Desired Skills: Media experience and skills; fluency especially in Polish (fluency in German a plus)

 


 

Project Number: 18
Janine Wedel
University Professor
“Foreign Aid-Funded Economic Reform in 1990s Russia: Elite Networks, Institutions, Informal Practices, Capital Flows And Ramifications a Quarter Century Later”

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Project Description: The project stems from my on-the-ground in-depth study of Western aid to post-communist Russia in the 1990s, especially regarding foreign aid-funded economic and privatization “reform.” (See my book on the subject, Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe, 2001, and resulting controversies.) The current project involves reviewing and organizing original and newly conducted interviews and documents with the goal of depositing the interviews, documents, and analyses in relevant institutional repositories, physical and digital.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Translation, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Reliability, honesty, ability to organize data, attention to detail

Desired Skills: Archival experience; media experience and skills; fluency in Russian highly desirable

 


 

Project Number: 19
Michael Hunzeker
Assistant Professor
“The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Relations”

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Project Description: I am conducting a time-sensitive research project that looks at the evolving U.S.-Taiwan relationship. I am interested in recruiting a small team of undergraduate research assistants to help me conduct background research on recent changes in Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and South Korean defense policies. I am especially interested in finding students who can read Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean.

Job Description: Data collection, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Translation

Necessary Skills: Interested in American, Taiwanese, Japanese, South Korean and Chinese defense policy

Desired Skills: Chinese, Korean, and/or Japanese

 


 

Project Number: 20
MK Smith
Arab Studies Institute Communication and Development Manager
“The Knowledge Production Project, Jadaliyya”

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Project Description: Knowledge Production Project is a dynamic, open-access archive, search tool, and data visualization platform. This project, almost a decade in the making, endeavors to gather, organize, and make available for analysis all knowledge produced on the Middle East since 1979.

Jadaliyya is an independent e-zine that provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond. Jadaliyya is run and produced on a primarily voluntary basis by an editorial team and expanding pool of contributors committed to discussing the Arab world on its own terms. Where others see only a security threat, conflict, or data on a graph, we see a region inhabited by living communities and dynamic societies.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data

Necessary Skills: URAs must have a demonstrated interest in the Arab Middle East

Desired Skills: Arab Language Skills are appreciated, French Language Skills are appreciate, Seeking RAs with experience in video and audio editing

 


 

Project Number: 21
David J Armor
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy
“Coleman Reconsidered: School Resources, Student Achievement, and the Law”

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Project Description: The research project is concerned with a book I am writing that explores the relationship between school resources (teacher characteristics, class sizes, per pupil expenditures of various types, etc.) and academic achievement of students. The book consists of a literature review and presents original research conducted both nationally and statewide using achievement test databases. It is also concerned with legal issues, mainly the adequacy lawsuits brought by certain school districts against the state government, suing to get more state resources allocated to schools.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: No special skills

Desired Skills: Project is ideal for anyone with a background in Education Policy or an interest to learn more about the subject, especially factors that impact academic achievement.  Knowledge of MS Word & Excel

 


 

Project Number: 22
Robert McGrath/Lucas Núñez
Associate Professor/Assistant Professor
“Building a Virginia Legislative Policy Database”

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Project Description: In our project, we will retrieve publicly available data on acts, bills, and resolutions considered by the Virginia General Assembly, topic-code these policies, and assess substantive applications based on student interest. We seek students interested in any combination of American politics, policymaking, legislative agendas, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and text classification. There are no required prerequisite skills (besides an interest in the project and a keen attention to detail and experience working in teams). Recommended skills include web scraping, machine learning, text classification, and programming in Python and/or R.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc., Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Interest in the project and a keen attention to detail and experience working in teams

Desired Skills: web scraping, machine learning, text classification, and programming in Python and/or R.

 


 

Project Number: 23
Christopher Berk
Assistant Professor
“Democracy in Captivity”

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Project Description: I'm currently revising a book manuscript (*Democracy in Captivity*) on prison and mental health politics. The core of the book is two extended historical case studies: a patients' federation in the 1950s and a prisoners' union in the 1970s. (If you'd like to read more about the latter case, I wrote an article about it relatively recently titled "On Prison Democracy: The politics of participation in a maximum security prison" in the journal *Critical Inquiry*.) As a part of the manuscript revision process, I'll need assistance in finding relevant secondary sources and statistics, sorting through archival data, and copy editing.

Job Description: Writing literature summaries, Library research, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Finding historical data is a kind of treasure hunt -- you'll need to work with an incomplete map and finishing the task often requires sequential puzzle solving. (What does information 'X' look like? If information 'X' is not located here, then where else might it be? Who might know? If 'X' is not available, perhaps it can be reconstructed from information 'Y' and 'Z'. And so on.) No prior experience is necessary, but I want to find a research assistant that is dedicated to the hunt!

Desired Skills: Familiarity with online library databases, prior independent research experience, and a keen eye for copy-editing errors are all desirable for this position.

 


 

Project Number: 24
Jo-Marie Burt
Associate Professor
“Truth and Racial Reconciliation Commissions in the United States”

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Project Description: In countries around the world that have experienced human rights violations, atrocities and other injustices, truth commissions and other mechanisms of transitional justice (including reparations, memorializations, institutional reforms, and criminal justice) have been adopted to acknowledge the abuses and propose remedies to promote reconciliation. Since the nation-wide protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Tayler and Ahmaud Arbery forced open a national conversation about racist policing practices and racial injustice in the United States, a number of localities around the country have proposed the creation of local truth and racial reconciliation commissions to examine local policing practices and their impact on African Americans. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has also introduced legislation to create a national truth and racial reconciliation commission to examine the broader legacy of racism, Jim Crow segregation, and mass incarceration. This research project will document emerging transitional justice initiatives and debates surrounding these initiatives around the country. We will focus especially on local truth and racial reconciliation initiatives, examining the debates surrounding the creation of these bodies, the nature and scope of their mandate, and their proposed plans of action. Students may also collaborate on specific research tasks for local organizations in San Francisco, California that are in the process of establishing a truth and racial reconciliation commission.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Writing literature summaries, Library research, Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Experience conducting research, summarizing data

Desired Skills: developing databases, developing website

 


 

Project Number: 25
Ketian Zhang
Assistant Professor
“Understanding China's Grand Strategy”

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Project Description: I'm writing a book chapter on China's grand strategy. This chapter will analyze the Grand Strategy of China. China's grand strategy is a means-ends chain, that is, the use of all means available to ensure the core and important national interests laid out by the Chinese government. China's grand strategy is influenced by both external and domestic factors. Regarding external factors, changes in the international system and China's perception of its security environment significantly affect China's calculation of the likelihood of major conflicts. Specifically, China pays close attention to the capability and behavior of the United States, the current hegemon. As for domestic factors, China prioritizes economic development and, therefore, takes economic costs and benefits into consideration when devising its grand strategy. The survival of the Chinese Communist Party – regime legitimacy – is also a core concern driving Chinese grand strategy. The end result is a grand strategy whose goals are in tension with one another. On the one hand, Chinese grand strategy aims at creating a stable international environment for its economic development, which dictates China to use economic inducement and diplomacy. On the other hand, the need demonstrate that China is resolved to defend China's national security, especially core security interests such as Taiwan, leads China to use negative means of statecraft, including coercion.

Job Description: Data collection, Writing literature summaries, Library research

Necessary Skills: Ability to conduct lit review and summarize

Desired Skills: Ability to read mandarin Chinese preferred, but not necessarily required

 


 

Project Number: 26
Jennifer Victor
Associate Professor
“Collecting Congressional Caucus Data”

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Project Description: I'm seeking a team of research assistance to help collect, code, and record data about members of Congress and their participation in congressional caucuses. This is an extension of an on-going research agenda and the students on this team would follow a long line of many previous students who have participated in similar data collection that has contributed to publications in books and articles about the US Congress. To be frank the work is boring, but meaningful. I'm looking for students who want to get more intimate with Excel, contribute to a rich research agenda in legislative studies, and work collaboratively with faculty and students.

Job Description: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data

Necessary Skills: Self-direction, self-motivation, independent worker, attention to detail, willingness to learn

Desired Skills: Experience with manipulating data in Excel

 


 

Project Number: 27
Jennifer Victor
Associate Professor
“Congressional Polarization”

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Project Description: I'm seeking 1 or 2 students to work on developing R code to help manage, analyze, and visualize data related to polarization in the US Congress. Students should have some experience with data management, analysis, and statistical coding. Work will be largely independent and some willingness to learn, explore, and take risks will be warranted.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.

Necessary Skills: R programming experience, or similar language with willingness and aptitude for learning R. Experience managing data, thinking through puzzles related to data, and developing visualizations of complex data.

Desired Skills: Humility, humor, dedication to a task