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
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
We are interested in how and why people make poor cost-benefit decisions in order to harm others. For example, why might someone choose to hurt another person in a dispute when the consequences for this action loom large? This project will investigate how and why people make decisions to aggress using a series of behavioral tasks looking at traits such as aggression, decision-making, impulsivity, and cognitive flexibility.... Read more about Aggression & Decision-Making
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
There is broad agreement that private philanthropic investment is poised to have an increasingly important impact across world regions. Yet those who seek to optimize the impact of philanthropy and social investing are hindered by a lack of reliable data and knowledge regarding philanthropic resources and trends.... Read more about Global Institutional Philanthropy Study
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.
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.