Professor Jennifer S. Lerner, is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. Drawing on psychology, economics, and neuroscience, Dr. Lerner’s lab uses interdisciplinary methods to examine how people make judgments and decisions.... Read more about Psychology, Behavioral Economics & Public Policy
This project documents and evaluates the community organizing models used by three Indian nonprofits to prevent harm to vulnerable children. Its aim is to develop a deeper understanding of strategies for preventing child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It is intended as a contribution to the nascent field of risk reduction in child rights work, and a corrective to the overriding focus on remedies that target already occurred violations of children’s fundamental rights. ... Read more about Evaluating Programs that Prevent Violence Against Children
Prof. Nathan Wilmers is seeking a full-time Predoctoral Technical Associate to coordinate and conduct sociological research on rising wage inequality. This position will be housed in the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Work and Organizations group. The research associate will support a research agenda investigating the effects of organizational change, work restructuring, and market power on economic inequality. The position is for one year, beginning July 15, 2018, with the possibility of a second year extension.... Read more about MIT Sloan School of Management’s Work and Organizations research associate
How do neighborhood contexts influence children's educational and developmental outcomes? Are early childhoodinterventionsmoreorlesseffectiveindifferenttypesofcommunities? Thisprojectaimstoaddressthese questions through the development of a virtual Systematic Social Observation (SSO) tool that will allow researchers to take a virtual “walk” through neighborhoods using Google Street View and code what is happening around the neighborhood. In this study, we will be applying this tool to constructs relevant to...
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.
Description of RA Duties: Responsibilities primarily include collecting data from Chinese sources, such as gazetteers. Some simple data analysis might be involved as well.
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.
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,...
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. through practices such as limits on early voting or same-day...