Current Openings

Research Opportunities for Honors Students

Option to Receive Academic Credit

If offered, students have the option to receive academic credit for a research assistantship by submitting an Honors Contract by the designated academic term deadline. For more information please visit our Honors Contract FAQ page

 

Open Positions

Please Note: Positions are sorted by faculty home department. You do not need to have a major or minor in their department or school to apply unless specified otherwise in position description. 

 

Biological Sciences

 

Economics
English
Health Policy and Management 
History
International Affairs
Mathematics
Political Management 
Political Science
Prevention & Community Health
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Publishing, College of Professional Studies  
School of Nursing
Tratchenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
University Writing Program

RA Position Descriptions

Professor: Cynthia McClintock

Department: Political Science

Research Title: The Impact of Electoral Rules on Political Inclusion Across the Globe

Description: This research is one component of a larger project on the impact of different majoritarian electoral rules--namely, ranked-choice voting, runoff, and plurality (first-past-the-post)--world-wide. GWU Ph.D. candidate Joseph Cerrone and I have been analyzing the impact of these different rules on voter satisfaction, political inclusion, and democracy in general. With respect to voter satisfaction, we are particularly interested in cases of repeal of a rule; we consider repeal to be an indication of dissatisfaction among both politicians and voters. With respect to political inclusion, we are particularly interested in the impact of the rules on women's share of the presidential vote and their victory. To date, we have built solid datasets for Latin America and Europe, but not for the Asia-Pacific or Africa.

Research Assistant Duties: The first responsibility is to secure precise information about the adoption and, when applicable, repeal of electoral rules in countries in the Asia-Pacific and Africa. Usually, this information is available online in reports about each country's election or its electoral code. There are slight variations in rules, and classification can be challenging. Upon the completion of this task, we expect to begin assessment of the political inclusion of women in countries in the Asia-Pacific and Africa, and would ask for research on the participation of women candidates, their vote shares, and their victories.

Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 5-7 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor McClintock ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: Daisy Le

Department: School of Nursing: Policy, Populations and Systems

Research Title: Community Health Advocacy, Resolutions, and Messaging (I-CHARM)

Description: The Innovations in Community Health Advocacy, Resolutions, and Messaging (I-CHARM) research lab, under the leadership of Dr. Le, seeks to enhance community health awareness, outreach, and advocacy efforts by (1) identifying barriers to healthcare access and (2) developing effective, sustainable, and respectful strategies for intervention development,
implementation, and evaluation. Locally based in the DC area at George Washington University, the I-CHARM lab focuses on improving health behaviors and outcomes in underserved and vulnerable populations and has partnered with both government and community-based organizations to serve the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan (WBMA) community. Recent projects have focused on HPV self-sampling acceptability, vaping cessation strategies, HBV vaccination and testing, and the efficacy of digital/mobile technology in promoting healthy behaviors.

Research Assistant Duties: The Student Research Assistant will work with a small research team and gain valuable experience in conducting community-engaged health disparities research and intervention study development, implementation, and evaluation. Under the supervision/guidance of the lab manager and/or project coordinator, the identified individual will
assist with the day-to-day running of I-CHARM lab and perform research tasks such as:
—completing literature reviews and summary reports;
—leading participant recruitment and retention efforts;
—assisting with data collection, coding, entry, cleaning, and mixed-methods analyses;
—creating tables, graphs, and figures; and
—contributing to preliminary drafts for various sections of reports, presentations, and/or manuscripts.

Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 5-7 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Le ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: John Warren

Department: Publishing, College of Professional Studies

Research Title: Literary Journal Conference

Description: Literary Journal Conference: A large number of small literary journals have been formed in recent years, many of them run by or involving people of color and other diverse groups that have not been represented in traditional publishing. Two MPS in Publishing graduate students recently started an online literary journal, and we are considering the possibility of organizing an online conference, perhaps in Spring 2023, for individuals and organizations who are running online literary journals. A research assistant would work with me, and a pair of graduate students, to investigate the community of online literary journals, and help determine whether a conference would be appropriate, what topic(s) would be appropriate for the conference focus, who to invite to speak, and who to invite to attend.

Research Assistant Duties: Under supervision of Program Director and two
graduate students, the student will conduct a survey of online literary
journals, contacts, and potential topics of interest, creating a spreadsheet
of journals and contacts and a report of key issues and topics of interest.
(Should there be continued interest, the student could help to organize the
conference, potentially for Spring 2023.)

Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 1-3 hours

Credit hour option*: 1 credit

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Warren ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: John Warren

Department: Publishing, College of Professional Studies

Research Title: Publishing Journals / Publishing at GW

Description: Publishing Journals / Publishing at GW: We have been launching a new journal as part of our Publishing program, the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing (https://gwpress.manifoldapp.org/projects/journal-of-ethics-in-publishing). I previously worked with an undergraduate student, pursuing a sustainability minor, to investigate and identify the need for publishing services at GW. We are looking for a research assistant examine this in more depth. Under the supervision of the Program Director, and a pair of MPS in Publishing graduate students, the student will research and document what departments, schools, and institutes at GW may be interested in having the GW Publishing program assist with publishing projects, such as journals, white papers, capstone projects, open educational resources (OERs) etc. We are using a publishing platform called Manifold (https://gwpress.manifoldapp.org/) that would allow us to help departments, schools, and institutes to publish these materials online. A research assistant could help by identifying needs, whether these services would or could be charged for, funding opportunities, and so forth.

Research Assistant Duties: Research and document potential departments, schools, and institutes at GW who may be interested publishing projects, such as journals, white papers, capstone projects, open educational resources (OERs) etc., collaborating with the GW MPS in Publishing program. Identify needs, investigate whether these services would or could be charged for, identify potential funding opportunities.

Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 1-3 hours

Credit hour option*: 1 credit

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Warren ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


 

Professor: Harris Mylonas

Department: Political Science

Research Title: Enemies Within

Description: I am currently completing the production of an edited volume entitled Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns (co-edited with Scott Radnitz). For more info:
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/enemies-within-9780197627945?cc=us&lang=en&#
At this stage we need help with final proof-reading and indexing.

"The invocation of fifth columns in the political arena -- whether contrived or based on real fears -- has recurred periodically throughout history and is experiencing an upsurge in our era of democratic erosion and geopolitical uncertainty. Fifth columns accusations can have baleful effects on governance and trust, as they call into question the loyalty and belonging of the
targeted populations. They can cause human rights abuses, political repression, and even ethnic cleansing. Enemies Within is the first book to systematically investigate the roots and implications of the politics of fifth columns. In this volume, a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars address several related questions: When are actors likely to employ fifth-column claims and against whom? What accounts for changes in fifth-column framing over time? How do the claims and rhetoric of governments differ from those of societal groups? How do accusations against ethnically or ideologically defined groups differ? Finally, how do actors labeled as fifth columns respond? To answer these questions, the contributors apply a common theoretical framework and work within the tradition of qualitative social science to analyze cases from three continents, oftentimes challenging conventional wisdom. Enemies Within offers a unique perspective to better understand contemporary challenges including the rise of populism and authoritarianism, the return of chauvinistic nationalism, the weakening of democratic norms, and the persecution of ethnic or religious minorities and political dissidents."

Research Assistant Duties: Proof-reading chapters, looking into the references and solving queries, help with generating the index of the book.

Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 1-3 hours

Credit hour option*: 1 credit

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Mylonas ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.



Professor: Cynthia McClintock

Department: Political Science

Research Title: Voter Satisfaction under Plurality, Runoff, and Ranked-Choice Voting: The Impact of Come-from-Behind Victories

Description: This research is one component of a larger project on voter satisfaction under different majoritarian electoral rules—namely, ranked-choice voting, runoff, and plurality (first past-the-post) world-wide. In this study, a GWU Ph.D. candidate, Joseph Cerrone, and I measure voter satisfaction under the three rules in part by whether or not the rule is repealed. For nations, we were able to research easily whether or not a rule was repealed and why it was repealed; but, for cities in the U.S., information about repeals was often very limited. Although we determined that, of the 50 largest U.S. cities, only 8 retain plurality and 38 use runoff, information about the reasons for the repeal of plurality takes considerable time to find. Information on this issue would be very helpful for our project.

Research Assistant Duties: In general, the responsibility is to secure information about when and why electoral rules for the mayoralty in the largest U.S. cities have been repealed. The first task would be to identify expert consensus about which 50 U.S. cities are the largest. The second task would be to identify the electoral rule(s) used for mayoralty elections (both primary and general elections) in these cities and any changes in these rules since approximately 1950. The third task would be to explore the reasons for any changes. Most of the research would be done through a review of each city's newspapers.

Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 5-7 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor McClintock ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


 

Professor: Leah Brooks

Department: Trachtenberg School

Research Title: Democratic Governance and Citizen Participation: A Textual Analysis

Description: Since at least de Tocqueville, social thinkers have argued that citizen participation improves democratic governance.  In our project, we ask whether, over the last century, the federal government has increased opportunity for public participation. We define participation to include pre-policy behavior such as voting, behavior near the policy decision such as lobbying, and ex-post behavior including litigation.  We analyze the amount of participation using the text of all statutes passed in the United States since 1920. We use text analysis tools to measure the extent to which the government requires the executive branch to allow or encourage participation. We then evaluate whether this measure of participation correlates to indicia of realized participation including voting and litigation.

Research Assistant Duties:

Duties

  • Help us software to program the conversion of PDF files into a corpus of machine-readable text to be used for further analysis
  • Skills: experience with Python, careful reading and analytical skills
  • Preferred skills: history with natural language processing techniques, PDF parsing software


Skills you may gain

  • How to approach a research question
  • How to digitize large documents into an analyzable corpus
  • How to work in a high performance computing environment
  • Understand how federal statutes are constructed


Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 5-7 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Brooks ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: Sharon Wolchik

Department: PSC/ESIA

Research Title: Women Under Communism

Description: I am revising a MS on women's roles and status in Central Europe, with particular focus on the Czech and Slovak Republics, during communism. I will need help updating tables and finding recent works on the subject.  There is no need for any particular language skills.  Applicant should be adept at searching data bases for scholarly articles published here and abroad, and preparing abstracts if none are provided ion the sources found.

Research Assistant Duties:

  1. find data to update tables
  2. find new materials on the subject
  3. prepare abstracts of materials


Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 3-5 hours

Credit hour option*: 2 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Wolchik ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


 

Professor: W. Douglas Evans

Department: Public Health, Prevention and Community Health

Research Title: Digital Media for Cancer Control: Randomized Controlled Trial and Dose Response Effects

Description: There is little published data on exposure to and evaluations of large-scale, online tobacco control campaigns. The project addresses this gap. Under two specific aims, we will identify the independent effects of varying levels of digital message exposure to promote anti-tobacco attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors among youth and young adults, first through a randomized experiment online, and second through a field-based evaluation. These studies will advance the science of digital health and have wide application to future campaigns.

Research Assistant Duties: Research assistants will be expected to work with faculty and team members at GW, NYU, Truth Initiative*, and engage in the following research activities:
- Work on literature review
- Assist with survey development and data collection
- Attend meetings
- Possibly assist with data analysis and writing manuscripts for papers

* Truth Initiative is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use and nicotine addiction a thing in the past.

This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in public health research and disease prevention through digital media that can expand your experience and career.

Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 3-5 hours

Credit hour option*: 2 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: Professor Evans ([email protected])

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: Ronald Spector

Department: History

Research Title: [Book] "In Every Clime and Place: U.S. Marines and the
American Century 1899-1953"

Description: Recent events in Afghanistan have illustrated the difficulties encountered when the U.S. and its armed forces attempt to modernise and reshape a foreign socirty to confirm to American ideas of modernity and good government.

During the first half of the 20th century Marines carried out extensive stays, often indistinquishable from occupations, in China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic,  Japan, Haiti,  Korea, Nicaraugua and  the Philippines.

The purpose of these lengthy deployments was most often to "establish  law and order, a viable economy, and a elrcted government resembling the American model. Almost all failed miserably in the latter two tasks.

The great majority of Marines assigned to these missions came from communities where most of their family and neighbors had never traveled beyond a hundred miles of their home.  Few spoke a foreign language.The people of the distant countries they occupied had only a vague understanding of why they had been "invaded" by these strange soldiers, often with the aquiessence of their local rulers.

This book examines the perceptions, attiudes and interactions between the occupiers  and the occupied during the the years that marked the high point of what publisher Henry Luce proclaimed "the American century."

Research Assistant Duties: Because I am presently immunocompromised, the researcher will have an unusually wide-ranging opportunity to conduct research in original documents at the National Archives and the library of Congress just as professional historians do.The research assistant need spend only three to six hours on research but they should be at least two to three hours at a time. Reading knowledge of Spanish or Mandarin is helpful but not required.

Number of openings: 1

Average weekly time commitment: 4-6 hours

Credit hour option*: 2 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: [email protected]

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


 

Professor: Michael Cornfield

Department: Political Management

Research Title: How Party Debates Frame National Issues

Description: The researcher would assist me as I write chapters of a book on the civic value of campaign speeches and debates. Specifically, the researcher would help provide context for transcripts of the 24 presidential debates held in 2015-2016 and the 14 in 2019-2020. My main hypothesis is that as candidates answer questions and engage each other in colloquies they
provide viewers with a sense of priorities and possibilities regarding national government action on the issues of the day. What is deemed realistic and what is not? That is what we can learn from debates.

The researcher will examine a variety of secondary sources on such issues as immigration, the economy, violence, climate change, and abortion to help me test hypotheses and uncover nuances. For example, I contend that on the economy Democrats are mainly Keynesian liberals and Republicans Keynesian conservatives: they want to stimulate the economy through deficit spending but on different government programs; Rand Paul's libertarianism and Bernie Sanders's democratic socialism were outlier positions.,

The work should be of interest to students of political communication. It will consist mostly of qualitative research and writing, with some compilation of spreadsheets eg on the debate time allotted to specific issues and candidates' usage of certain keywords.

Research Assistant Duties: Per the project description, weekly reports to me on assigned aspects of debate range articulation, issue by issue.

Number of openings: 1-3

Average weekly time commitment: 7-9 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: [email protected]

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.
 


Professor: Sarah Shomstein

Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Title: Attentional priorities in natural scenes

Description: The project explores neural and psychological mechanisms responsible for attentional selection (our brain's ability to figure out which information to process and which to ignore)

Research Assistant Duties:

  • assist with day-to-day running of the cognitive neuroscience lab
  • assist with data collection assist with data analysis


Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 7-9 hours

Credit hour option*: 3 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: [email protected]

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.


Professor: Janet Steele

Department: SMPA

Research Title: Visual Misinformation in Global Perspective

Description: I am one of a team of researchers working on a project that utilizes survey experiments to test whether visual memes are more effective than text in leading users to recall factually inaccurate information, believe that information, and share it online. It also examines the role of different digital platforms (Facebook versus WhatsApp) in either helping or hindering the sharing of misinformation, as well as how particular institutional and social characteristics shape these phenomena. The project involves analysis of data from eight different countries on five continents, and I have agreed to do the analysis of Indonesia.

We have completed the initial phase, in which we identified specific memes involving misinformation that have spread on Facebook and WhatsApp, and developed survey questions and translated them into Indonesian. An international research company will conduct the survey experiment, and I will later be asked to analyze the results and write the narrative for the section on Indonesia.

Please note that applications for this position must be submitted by September 6.

Research Assistant Duties: Please note:  knowledge of Indonesian is NOT required for this project.

I need someone who can help me find photos that illustrate our 8 different issues/topics.  For each of the issues, four the images must be "high arousal," and four must be "low arousal," meaning that we will need a total of 64 images.  Although this sounds simple, it is actually quite time-consuming, as there are a number of other requirements. For each of the 8 issues we identified the images need to be:

1. Either copyright-free or published by a reputable news organization that credits the copyright owners so we can credit them again.

2. The images do not have to come from Indonesia or from Indonesian news sources, as long as they are good illustrations of the misinformation we are showing participants.

Number of openings: 2

Average weekly time commitment: 4-6 hours

Credit hour option*: 2 credits

Submit Resume/Cover Letter to: [email protected]

*If seeking academic credit, you must complete an Honors Contract.

 


Professor: Ellen Yeung

 

Department: Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Title: Investigation of the Relationship between Substance Use and Pain

Description: Approximately 1 in 5 Americans, suffer from severe and/or persistent pain. Substance use/misuse and chronic pain frequently co-occur. Multiple studies have revealed an association between them showing the onset of substance use/misuse precedes people’s reports of chronic pain in some populations, and vice versa in other populations. You may wonder why this is the case. Do current substance users or people with a history of substance use/misuse show higher pain sensitivity? Do they report a heightened analgesic effect that in turn leads to greater likelihood of self-medication with alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, or opioids? Would chronic pain patients who rate higher on certain personality traits and/or loneliness be more at risk of substance use disorders? Do these devastating health conditions manifest similar physiological dysregulation that has been implicated in the brain reward and stress pathways? If you are interested in seeking answers to these questions, please consider joining my scientific effort to help people manage their substance use and chronic pain. I am recruiting conscientious and motivated undergraduate students to work as research assistants in my lab.

Duties: In this role, you will gain experience in recruiting and interviewing participants in the community, preparing and administering study materials, and managing electronic diary studies. Furthermore, during research assistant training, we will discuss theories of substance use disorders and chronic pain, as well as the research methodology and statistical techniques that allow us to address the research questions relevant to their co-occurrence. Together, we will review the literature, develop and organize a digital library, and code the research studies. In the future, when in person training is permitted, you will have the opportunity to get an insider's look at, and hands-on experience with, the process of assessing several physiological indices via state-of-the-art equipment and software. In short, you will gain important research skills highly valued in graduate and medical programs, while making a meaningful contribution to the accumulation of knowledge on substance use and chronic pain.

Time commitment: 6-8 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Number of openings: 3

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.

 

 


Professor: Alessandra Fenizia
Department: Economics

Title:  Preventive Care in the Times of COVID

Description: The current pandemic has reshaped our lives in ways we did not anticipate and forced us to change our routines and plans. Most commentators have focused on the devastating effects of the virus and how to tackle the pandemic effectively. Less attention has been devoted how the epidemic has shifted attention and resources away from other realms of medicine. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many patients have skipped their routine checkups and avoided visiting the hospital or their primary physician unless it was truly necessary. What is the value of preventive care? What is the impact of skipping or postponing a routine checkup? How does this translate in short-term savings and long-term costs for the healthcare system?

Duties: review of the literature on preventive care, proof editing preliminary drafts, collecting qualitative and quantitative data

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Number of openings: 1

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Harris Mylonas

Department: Political Science

Title: Nationalism

Description: I’m writing a book on Nationalism for Cambridge University Press.

Duties: This project will involve reading articles and books and writing up
memos summarizing their main findings, focusing in particular on the impact
that nationalism has on other phenomena or processes. Also for each reading
we will be focusing how the authors conceptualize, define, and "measure"
nationalism. The RA will also be helping with references and citations.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Number of openings: 3

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Naomi Seiler
Department: Health Policy and Management

Title: Ongoing health policy research

Description: We have a great opportunity for a student to work with a team in
the Department of Health Policy and Management. Overall, we focus on legal
and policy aspects of health system changes, examining how they impact
various public health programs and issues.  Currently, our portfolio of
funders includes federal and state agencies, health care foundations,
non-profit patient advocacy groups, and health care coalitions. We work on a
broad range of public health and prevention issues, including HIV, heart
disease and stroke, mental health and substance use disorder services,
prevention and public health funding, and community prevention of asthma.  We
also do a significant amount of work on Medicaid, Medicare and marketplace
coverage, as well as new payment and service delivery models.

Duties: The research assistant would work with the two faculty members and
four senior researchers on a range of health policy research projects.  They
would conduct qualitative and policy research related to the public health
issue areas listed above.  We are all working remotely, with daily checkins.

Time commitment: 10 or more hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 3

Number of openings: 1

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Jameta Barlow
Department: University Writing Program

Title: Womanist Characterization of African American Literature for Applied Impact

Description: In this political moment, where the pandemics of anti-Black
systems of oppression, science deniers and COVID-19, Womanism offers a lens
in which to address this culture in crisis. Defined as “a social change
perspective rooted in Black women’s and other women of color’s everyday
experiences and everyday methods of problem solving in everyday spaces,
extended to the problem of ending all forms of oppression for all people,
restoring the balance between people and the environment/nature and
reconciling human life with the spiritual dimension,” (Marparyan, 2012;
Phillips, 2006) Womanism is a transdisciplinary humanistic perspective,
epistemology and methodology that has been employed throughout the world to
address environmental issues, sexual violence and mental health, among other
social issues. This project will map seminal African American literature onto
the eight modalities characterizing Womanism, in an effort to explore the
utility of a humanistic intervention during this political moment.

There are eight modalities characterizing Womanism: self-care healing and
wellness practices, which are designed to rectify physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual practices; harmonizing and coordinating, or disposition and
activity to employ differential consciousness and move between divergent
logics and conceptual schemes; dialogue and the power of the word, to express
and establish connection and individuality as well as tension and connection;
arbitration and mediation, where conflict is transformed into peace; spiritual
activities, a socio-ecological transformational activity rooted in a
spiritual belief system including religious participation to transmutation
practices; hospitality, the transformative power of welcome that facilitates
powerful encounters; mutual aid and self-help, or everyday collective
grassroots methods garnered from life experience, wisdom, self-education and
democratic knowledge; and motherhood, a social change methodology and social
ecology that recognizes agency and interconnectivity with others.

Womanism is both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in its theoretical
framing, ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies. As a community
psychologist and public health scientist, I engage in Womanism modalities in
my work to disrupt cardiometabolic syndrome (e.g., diabetes, heart disease,
stroke, hypertension) among Black communities. Central to this work is my
curriculum of “writehealing” where I use writing to address self-care,
harmoninzing and coordinating and mutual aid and self-help. However, a major
gap in this work is a database of relevant African American literature that
can be utilized for intervention. This project offers a humanistic approach
for applied impact. A database that allows the user to discover African
American literature based on a Womanist modality, emotions and psychological
outcomes bridges multiple disciplinary gaps.

Duties: 1. Data mine, review, organize and characterize African American
literature according to the Womanist modality and health behavior(s)
2. Participate in weekly project meetings
3. Contribute to online database management and manuscript development

Time commitment: 7-9 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 3

Number of openings: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  
 

Professor: Sanjay Pandey
Department: Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Title: Advancing anti-racism and anti-sexism through scholarship

Description: There is a need for training the next generation of scholars on anti-racism
and anti-sexism. The purpose of this project is to help students develop social science
research skills and to apply these skills to anti-racist and/or anti-sexist inquiry. Ideal
candidates will be interested in developing a scholarly understanding, working
independently, and be motivated to meet milestones as part of a structured learning
experience. Like most RA listings, this is an unpaid assistantship.


Duties include:
1) Under instructor guidance come up with a work plan and revise it, as necessary
2) Implement the plan and communicate regularly (once a week or once every two
weeks) with the instructor and act on the feedback
3) Keep clear and extensive documentation of steps in the research process.


Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week (average) for a semester

Credit hour option*: 3

Number of openings: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Maggie Chen
Department: Economics/ESIA

Title: Foreign Powers, Trademark Protection, and Firm Growth in Shanghai's
Concession Era

Description: In this paper, we investigate the influence of IP institutions,
specifically, trademark law on industrial and firm growth by exploiting
unique historical events in the 1870-1945 Republican China and a series of
newly digitized micro-level datasets in Shanghai that provide rare,
first-hand insights into how firms operated and interacted in arguably one of
the most volatile and complex periods of history.

Duties: data entry and construction, literature search, case study, and data
analysis

Time commitment: 7-9 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 3

Number of openings: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to[email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

 
Professor: Harris Mylonas
Department: Political Science

Title: Greek and Cypriot Political Developments

Description: Conduct background research for the report on Greece that I contribute annually to the European Journal of Political Research.

Duties: Summarize events, find reliable sources to cite, edit text. 
Time commitment: 1-3 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 1

Number of openings: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Jozef Przytycki

Department: Mathematics

Title: Knot Theory, assisting in editing, programming,  and research

Description: Knot Theory is a discipline of modern mathematics, part of
topology (geometria situs). Student(s) will assist me with editing programing and
doing research in Knot Theory.

Duties: Students under my supervision will be involved in tasks as below:

1. Student would assist in preparing/editing research paper for arXiv
submission (and eventual publication). Student has to learn LaTeX and how to
draw figures in xfig or other similar
program.

2. Many invariants of graphs and knots require pattern testing which require
to wrote simple (or not that simple) programs. Also programs are needed to
analyze simple algebraic structures related to knots.

I assume student would assist me 4-6 hours a week (2 credit) but I am
flexible, so more, or less is possible.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)
Note: 2 openings!
Credit hour option*: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Alex Pyron
Department: Biological Science

Title: Species Delimitation in Desmognathus Salamanders

Description:
The Dusky Salamanders, genus Desmognathus, are one of the most diverse and
abundant animals in the eastern forests of the United States. They are
classic study organisms for ecology and behavior. Despite their visibility
and imperilment, we know little about their genetic diversity and
evolutionary history. While there are only 21 currently named species, recent
work using DNA sequencing has revealed at least 45 potential species, which
would more than double the size of the group.


Duties: The research assistant will work with me to collect data and build a
computational model to distinguish between cryptic species of Desmognathus
salamander. Classes in ecology/evolution and experience with statistics are a
plus.

Time commitment: 1-3 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 1

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: David Mitchell
Department: English

Title: Disposable Humanity (feature-length documentary film)

Description: "Disposable Humanity" consists of three story strands that
create a braid across history and culture in relationship to disabled people
and their treatment in Nazi Germany during World War II and into the present.
The film will: 1) document the Nazi medical mass murder of 300,000+ “mental
patients” in psychiatric institutions (referred to as Aktion T4); 2)
examine the growing efforts in Germany and elsewhere (including the United
States, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy) to commemorate and
memorialize the victims; 3) explore the history of our personal family
journeys undertaken as disabled people to visit these memorial sites since
the late 1990s.  Thus, the planned film will interweave history, culture, and
disability experience into its effort to make visible a forgotten and/or
erased aspect of Holocaust history.

Duties: Research assistants will assist with tracking down key historical
documents, photos, film clips, permissions related to the illustration of key
documentary film themes, topics, and interview b-roll materials. Each
assistant will be given a key theme to track down the best illustrative
documents -- for instance, one RA might watch all of the propaganda films
created around the sterilizations and, ultimately, murder of disabled people
institutionalization during World War II, select best clips to illustrate
ideas, and track down appropriate permissions related to the use of desired
materials in the final documentary film.  Another student would transcribe
remaining interview transcripts and analyze the interview discussions with
respect to key themes covered (grass roots preservation of historical T4
locations, selection process, memorialization efforts, reparations advocacy
efforts, etc.). A third RA would research key documents such as photos of
Himmler visiting the first gassing facility at Poznan, Poland, Medical
meldobogen forms for gassing selections in Berlin, biographical victim data
available on websites (for example, gedenkort-T4.com; YadVashem.org),
physician and medical personnel trial transcripts and photos/film, etc. The
objective is to employ students in important archival work that goes into the
crafting of a feature-length film documentary
Number of Openings: 3

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  

Professor: Diego Abente Brun

Department: Elliott School of International Affairs

Title: The Foreign of Brazil: From the Discourse to the Facts

Description: This project consists of following up the foreign policy
decisions and positions of the Bolsanaro government and explore the
congruence/incongruence between words and deeds. Especial emphasis will be
paid to relations with Argentina. It implies also to compare and contrast his
government's foreign policy with that of previous governments and includes
the analysis of the role of key institutions, chiefly Itamaraty, but also
private actors such as business associations, the Congress, civil society
organizations and the media.


Duties: 1. To identify key issue-areas.( In close consultation with the
Instructor)
2.  To collect data and review the literature. (Portuguese and Spanish
reading language proficiency required)
3. To trace and underline the difference and similarities with previous
official positions.
4. To explore the likely course of events in the future.
5. To conclude with a summary of the key findings, the risks and
opportunities they offer, and policy recommendations for other foreign actors
such as the United States, Europe,  and regional actores.
6. The project will be discussed with the instructor and may be adjusted
based on the student's interests.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: [email protected]

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.