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The Origins of State Capacity in China

Faculty Member: Professor Yuhua Wang

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.

Requirements: Must be able to read Chinese....

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Reducing Academic Inequalities Among Diverse Adolescents through Envisioning a Meaningful Future and Postsecondary Planning

Faculty Member: Professor Nancy Hill

The project is based in a partnership between our research team at Harvard Graduate School of Education & Boston College and a local school district. We are focused on understanding how to improve academic achievement and close demographic gaps in achievement by identifying ways to increase students’ connections to school, engagement in school, and help youth understand how school and education will assist them in pursuing their goals.... Read more about Reducing Academic Inequalities Among Diverse Adolescents through Envisioning a Meaningful Future and Postsecondary Planning

Dynamics of National Attachment in the United States, 2010-2014

Faculty Member: Professor Bart Bonikowski

The project uses Twitter data to systematically track daily fluctuations in American collective identification over the period of four years, from 2010 to 2014. The primary descriptive task is to understand what kinds of social, political, and economic events produce spikes in national consciousness over time.... Read more about Dynamics of National Attachment in the United States, 2010-2014

The Content of Political Ads in Developing Countries: Evidence from Mexico

Faculty Member: Horacio Larreguy

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...

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African-American Responses to Stigmatization

Faculty Member: Professor Michele Lamont

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,...

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China Biographical Database Project

Faculty Member: Peter Bol

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...

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