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
This project seeks to describe messages about inequality, political corruption, and state social spending that Pentecostal churches are dispensing in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to understand how these messages are affecting citizens’ political attitudes and behavior.
To that end, part of the project involves the development of a database of sermon texts from a representative sample of Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as a laboratory experiment at the Busara Center in Nairobi. I seek an RA to help with preparing the database of
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
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
This research involves laboratory experiments that expose subjects to stimuli that simulate racial segregation and measures their response. The student researcher is responsible for working directly with the program director to help create stimuli using Photoshop or other design software.
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
Are there different reasons that compel individuals to migrate from Mexico to the United States in different periods? How does the economic and political context in both countries influence who comes? To answer these questions, quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods will be used in this project led by Filiz Garip.
This research project examines the physiological processes underlie behavioral responses to shifts in bargaining power and how variation in these physiological processes explains differences in individuals' bargaining. We are also interested in how anxiety mediates the relationship between media cues and foreign policy attitudes.