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.
Description of RA Duties: Responsibilities primarily include collecting data from Chinese sources, such as gazetteers. Some simple data analysis might be involved as well.
Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. Drawing insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, her research examines human judgment and decision making.... Read more about Decision Making Research Opportunity with Jennifer Lerner
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
The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) was established to advance an evidence base regarding strategies and methods for improving child health service delivery and increasing protections and effective services for children in adversity.
Project Description: The goal of the project is to assess the determinants of the content of political ads in Mexico. To that end, this project plans to exploit the availability of the universe of political ads that were used in radio and television in the 2012 Mexican federal elections.
Description of RA Duties: The student will become knowledgeable about the literature on politics and media in developing countries. The student will first help to clean the automated transcripts of the political...
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.
Work in collaboration with Professor Michele Lamont's team. This involves helping a research team conduct a range of tasks related to delivering the book (finalizing tables,...
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.
This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the...