The major goals of the research group in Quality and Responsiveness of Global Health Systems are to develop novel metrics of health system quality in low- and middle-income countries and to investigate the determinants and consequences of poor quality to inform quality improvement interventions. We work with publicly available secondary data, such as Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys, and are currently undertaking a major analysis to identify more efficient metrics for health facility quality in low-and middle-income countries. Read more about Leveraging big data to improve global health care quality
This project examines the historical origins of state capacity at the sub-national level in China. Using historical, quantitative data, investigate the impact of war, crops, and the imperial civil service exam system on contemporary China's local state capacity.
Professors Matthew Blackwell (Gov) and Maya Sen (HKS) are seeking paid undergraduate research assistants to work on a book project on the long-term impact of slavery on contemporary American political attitudes. The book project is co-authored with Professor Avidit Acharya at Stanford University. Read more about The Political Legacy of American Slavery
Description: The research is focused on how the repertoires of strategies for responding to stigmatization vary with group identity, the porousness of group boundaries, available cultural repertoires, and other factors. Researchers are finalizing a book based on this data, as well as on similar data on stigmatized groups in Brazil and Israel. Read more about African-American Responses to Stigmatization
The project is a longitudinal study of state legislative responses to demographic change. In particular we are interested in the relationship between growth in a state's minority population and efforts to restrict voting rights. Our empirical scope includes legislative efforts in every U.S. state, from 2000-2012 . The scholar is responsible for collecting and coding data on state legislative activity regarding voting rights. We are trying to determine to what extent state efforts to restrict voting rights--e.g. Read more about State Legislative Responses to Demographic Change
Description: This research project consists of prosopographical, social network, and spatial analysis. We are in interested in how Chinese social and political elites interact from the 7th through the 19th century. Students are responsible for research on items (such as historical placenames) used for coding data, some database management, research on historical bureaucratic titles. A reading knowledge of Chinese is required. Read more about China Biographical Database Project
We plan to create a corpus of spontaneous speech in Tsez, an endangered language of the Caucasus spoken by about 6,000 people, and three endangered Mayan languages. The project will involve collecting, transcribing and annotating the data in such a way that they could be used by other researchers. We will then compare these languages to spoken production from several heritage languages (Russian, Chinese, Avar, Spanish, and Mam) whose corpora will also be transcribed and annotated. Read more about Building a Corpus of Spontaneous Speech in Tsez
Why do states vary in their approaches towards the regulation of immigration? In this research project, we will map and explain cross-national variation in the way receiving states attempt to regulate immigration flows in contemporary times. Using statistical and qualitative case analysis, we plant to consider a range of explanatory factors including (a) interest groups; (b) partisan politics; (c) market factors and (d) legal and political institutions. Read more about State Responses to Immigration Regulation