Project Title: The Abolition of Capital Punishment in Austria, 1770‐1970

Faculty Member: Alison Frank Johnson

Faculty member has collected from archives in Austria hundreds of decisions in death penalty cases made by the Habsburg Emperor. These decisions reveal the crime, information about the convict, rates of execution, and substitute punishments. Faculty member needs help organizing the data to allow quantitative analysis.

Student Responsibilities: Help faculty member determine what kinds of software platforms are best suited to organizing this type of historical data; Figure out how to maximize usefulness of new technologies for social history. Work with faculty member to enter the data and analyze it. Will be working with qualitative and quantitative data at the same time.


  • Must be a Harvard College undergraduate. If hired, will participate in the IQSS URS Program.
  • Someone who has experience organizing data and any knowledge of different software platforms available

To apply, please send your C.V. to Professor Alison Frank Johnson at