This project focuses on the manifestation/s of dictators and dictatorships in contemporary literary genres—the representation of its various configurations, and the politics of re/writing history. Specifically, the project focuses on contemporary Arabic novels that call attention to the parallel/s between narrative and the rhetorical processes and structures that once played a role in empowering dictators and helping them to create godly-like figures of themselves. Each literary work offers an articulation of history and history-making where it is conceived as a fluid narrative that is ideologically constructed through interaction, rejection, and recognition. The project focuses on opening a discussion on how novels can be read as tools of dissent against “Arab dictators” ongoing rhetorical self-empowering over their own people and nations. Read more about The Representation of Dictators in Contemporary Arabic Literature
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.
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
This project comprises the compilation of the most extensive database of British legislative records ever built. We have already acquired every speech made in the British House of Commons after 1803, and are soon to acquire every roll call undertaken between 1832 and 1900. Our research focuses on when and how party discipline emerged in the British House of Commons. Primary responsibility of the student is to 'clean up' of roll call
America and Britain present an interesting paradox with regards to religion and other forms of civic engagement. In America, civic engagement has declined but religious activity is stable, while in Europe civic engagement has largely remained stable while religious activity has declined. Thus the
The aim of this project was to gather and analyze diverse data sets, using GIS technology, to test hypotheses about the sources of violence in Kenya following the elections of December 2007. We used data on ethnicity, land status (tenants, squatter, land owner), income, migration status, and partisan
John Sheffield worked on a project with Professor Beth Simmons and graduate student Richard Nielsen on the inducements states are given to ratify international human rights agreements. John's work involved collecting reports of intangible reactions of foreign governments to
This project was a study of the micro-level dynamics of patronage and factionalism within African political parties that drive the selection of political elites and which may interfere with or reinforce the accountability of politicians to constituents.
Natalie Padilla is assisting Professor Adam Glynn in gathering data on federal judges' family biographies. Much has been written about the role of ideology in judicial decision making, but less has been written about the way that a judge's own personal background might affect how he or she
We investigated the development of democratic politics in Victorian and Edwardian Britain (1830s--1914). We gathered the largest ever data collection on electoral results, roll call votes and speeches by members of parliament. We also employed new quantitative techniques for
This project evaluated the Commonwealth Seminar, a Barr Foundation-funded program designed to provide legislative training, networking opportunities with top policymakers, and public service job opportunities for diverse leaders in Massachusetts. Website: