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
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
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
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.
Student Responsibilities: Recording of speakers; help with transcriptions;
This research project is a continuing project of the stylometric analysis of Phillip Wright's Appendix B from his book, "The Tariff on Animal and Vegetable Oils", which outlined the method of instrumental variable regression. A number of letters between Phillip and Sewall Wright contain the development of IV regression. This project requires deciphering the statistical work in their letters. It will also be useful to recreate some of the statistical