Past Research

Study of Factionalism, Political Selection, and Intra-Party Conflict in the Last Two Parliamentary Elections in Ghana

Spring 2010-Summer 2010

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. ...

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Studying the Role that Judges' Personal Backgrounds Might Have on Their Decision-Making

Spring 2011

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...

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Catalist Voter File Project

Catalist, a consulting firm, has compiled all voter files for all states. The firm has also cleaned the files (to get rid of duplicates, etc.). This project will assess the quality of voter registration files and aggregate the cleaned voter files to the levels of political geographies, such as precincts, legislative districts, and states. We will produce studies of the state of voter registration in the United States, the predictors of voter participation...

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State Responses to Immigration Regulation

Why do states vary in their approaches towards the regulation of immigration?  In this research project, we will map and explain cross-national variation in the way receiving states attempt to regulate immigration flows in contemporary times. Using statistical and qualitative case analysis, we plant to consider a range of explanatory factors including (a) interest groups; (b) partisan politics; (c) market factors and (d) legal and political...

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The Effects of Co-Experience, the Effects of Mental Access, and Altruism’s Connection to Delayed Gratification

Professor Daniel Gilbert is an experimental social psychologist whose methods run from large-scale survey research (Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010) to brain imaging (Mitchell, Schirmer, Ames, & Gilbert, 2010), but that generally focus on laboratory-based studies of human behavior. Gilbert's primary research focus over the last 15 years has been on the errors people make when attempting to predict their emotional reactions to future events. The research assistant funded through IQSS is working on...

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Extraction and Coding of Biographical Data in Chinese Texts

Summer 2011

This project utilized text-mining techniques in order to extract and code biographical data found within Chinese texts.

  • Sponsoring Faculty Member: Peter Bol
  • Undergraduate Research Scholars: Shuai (Charlotte) Chang, Cheng Li, Jinghao (Dan) Zhou, Wanxin Cheng, Heng Shao, Yifan Li, Tian Zeng, Yilun Chen, Siyu Wang, Yifan Wu, Xin Xiang, Nancy Xie, David (Wendong) Zhang
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