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Farrell Fellowship Projects for 2022-23

Professor Ana Arjona | The Effects of Violence on Inequality in Human Development (application closed)

Project: Violence can impact multiple developmental outcomes, from mental and physical health to education, income, public goods provision, and democracy. Yet, these effects do not impact all people equally: gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, and geographic location can determine people’s risk of being a victim as well as the severity of the consequences that they will endure. In many cases, the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations carry a higher risk of victimization and are also more likely to endure more serious consequences after being victimized. When this happens, violence reinforces and amplifies inequality. Surprisingly, the causal effect of violence on inequality has received scant attention. This project seeks to advance a new research agenda on the effects of violence on inequality in human development.

The project will develop a general framework to study the potential effects of social, political, and criminal violence on inequality; develop hypotheses on how specific forms of violence can increase inequality in human development; and illustrate the plausibility of some of these hypotheses with data on developing countries around the world. We will focus on the effects of violence on inequality in four domains of human development: (i) the right to life and physical integrity, which is directly curtailed by violence; (ii) health, education, and income; (iii) political participation, social capital and democracy, which involve citizens’ ability to participate in various ways in the political life of their communities, interpersonal trust, and the quality of local democracy; and, (iv) the quality of local governance at the sub-national level, which includes public goods provision and the performance of local institutions. We will rely on data on developing countries from various sources including surveys like the Global Barometer Surveys and the world values survey, and data collected by the World Bank. We will also rely on national and sub-national level data and thematic studies on a few countries across regions.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • The time commitment is flexible. Fellows will work more during the summer than academic year. Reducing the number of hours in certain quarters or months is possible.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research Training & Outcomes:

The project involves different types of work, including data analysis and/or researching sources in the humanities. Tasks will be assigned to each of two students based on their interests and skills. The Fellows will:

  • Conduct literature reviews on the impact of different forms of violence and oppression on behavior and multiple developmental outcomes. They will read sources in different disciplines, including political science, psychology, education, and economics, among others, and write annotated bibliographies.
  • Read in greater depth specific sources in different disciplines on how people experience oppression and the threat of violence, and write short reports.
  • Find available datasets on violence and inequality on different regions and countries throughout the world. They will look for publicly available datasets, understand their strengths and shortcomings, and compile the data.
  • Fellows with data analysis skills will help with data processing and will prepare simple descriptive statistics.

Fellows working on this project will gain experience in cross-disciplinary research and learn how to assess the state of the art in a field and build on it for a research project. In addition, Fellows will gain:

  • An understanding of the dynamics of violence and inequality worldwide, and how violence can reinforce and amplify different forms of inequality.
  • Experience using research and analytical skills by finding, analyzing, synthetizing, and reporting on several sources.
  • Skills in bringing together insights from the social sciences and the humanities.
  • For fellows working with data, an opportunity to develop their data analysis skills, by learning how to process data, clean a dataset, and prepare simple descriptive statistics.
  • Skills in conducting a literature review, preparing an annotated bibliography, and using citation software.
  • Experience using LaTeX for writing a report or paper. We will use Overleaf.

Preferred Skills and Experience:


  • Genuine interest in research on violence, oppression, and human development.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.

Desirable but not required for Fellowship 1:

  • Basic data analysis skills, including cleaning a dataset and creating basic descriptive statistics.
  • If the student has more advanced quantitative skills, they will also work on statistical analysis.
Desirable but not required for Fellowship 2:
  • Some background in any of the humanities and/or an interest in reading sources in humanities disciplines.
  • Skills in reading German.

Learn more about Professor Ana Arjona  |  Apply here

Professor Jaime Dominguez | Chicago Democracy Project (application closed)

Project: The Chicago Democracy Project (CDP) is a user-friendly database that houses federal, state and local election results. In the past, it has served as a resource for scholars, students, local activist organizations to bring context to policy matters and civic participation specific to Chicago. Recent projects included analyses of the 2020 presidential elections and aldermanic races in the city and an examination of ballot initiatives such as the graduated income tax. 

The priority for this upcoming year is two-fold. First, the CDP will examine the mayoral campaigns for 2023 using content analysis to help identify key issues and outreach efforts to various constituencies. Second, we will look at the 2022 proposed redistricting plans put forward by the city and the black and Latino/a Caucuses to determine support for each. This will also include the potential map referendum scheduled for the late spring. The goal is to put out a report examining these efforts.

There will also be an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing book project that examines the political history of Latinos in Chicago. This effort will entail contributing to a survey of political elites and nonprofits and updating the municipal literature on minority political incorporation efforts.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023)
  • Fellows will work more throughout the summer, from July - September.
  • Ideally, the Fellows should be available to meet and work in-person on-campus during the summer and academic year.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research Training & Outcomes:

The Fellows will:

  • Update voter and demographic data taken from the 2022/2023 American Community Survey.
  • Conduct original research using primary and secondary sources to update the existing CDP database.
  • Collect elections return data and incorporate demographic Census information into the CDP database
  • Analyze election results using statistical and GIS software
  • Write mini-reports on data trends and update literature reviews.

The Fellows will join the existing research team and a scholarly community of support. In particular, Fellows will gain:

  • Concrete skills and experience working with electoral data
  • Skills using creativity to answer interesting questions about local politics.
  • Experience using multiple research tools including ArcGIS, Excel, Stata, and the coding of election data.
  • A greater understanding of public policy and the role of the general public on ballot referendums.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Interest in engaging with data analysis software
  • Interest in local politics and in writing about policy trends specific to Chicago politics.
  • Experience using Excel, Stata, and/or GIS is helpful but not required (training will be provided)

Learn more about Professor Jaime Dominguez  |  Apply Here

Professor Jamie Druckman | American Politics in 2022-23: COVID-19 and the Midterm Elections (application closed)

Project: This work builds on and brings together two long-standing projects. The first involves an intensive content analysis of House and Senate campaign websites. The data have been collected since 2002. This will continue through the fall and winter. The second is a project that has implemented 21 large surveys since COVID-19 began. The purpose of this project is to track state level response to COVID-19. The projects will continue independently but also be brought together insofar as we will look at how candidates discuss COVID-19 on their websites and then use the state level surveys to analyze the relationship with their constituents.

Position & time commitment:

  • One Fellow for the summer (June 2022 – September 2022) and two Fellows for the fall, winter, and spring (September 2022 – June 2023).
  • The fall quarter will be the busiest time for this project.
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research Training & Outcomes

The Fellows will:

  • Assist with coding campaign websites within the existing coding framework and gathering data about campaigns
  • Help with the design and implementation of the state-level surveys
  • Write reports based on the survey results

The Fellows will join an existing research team and will learn about collaborating with a team on a large research project. Fellows will also learn about how political campaigns strategize and how public opinion surveys are conducted.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Interest in campaigns and some background in survey research.
  • Experience with content analysis is preferred but not required.

Learn more about Professor Jamie Druckman  |  Apply Here

Professor Dan Galvin | Enabling “Wage Theft” in the South: Regional and Racial Disparities in Labor Standards Policies, Enforcement, and Violations (application closed)

Project: With only 6% of private sector workers now belonging to unions, the vast majority of American workers must rely on employment laws, lodged primarily at the state level, as their sole source of workplace protections. Thus, where these laws are weak or under-enforced, so too are workers’ rights. The strength of state employment laws and enforcement capacities vary significantly, however, by region: workers in the South, for example, have access to both the weakest statutory rights and the weakest state enforcement capacities in the country. Initial analysis indicates that workers in the South are also much more likely to be paid less than the minimum wage—one of the most pernicious forms of “wage theft”—than similarly situated workers in other regions, all else equal.

The political choice not to enact or enforce robust labor and employment laws in the South has implications for racial disparities in wages as well, since Southern states are home to the highest concentration of Black workers in the U.S. By denying Black and other low-wage workers in the South equal access to worker protections and public enforcement, Southern employers are effectively permitted to exploit these workers with impunity.

However, little systematic research has been done to examine the relationship between employment law strength and wage theft by region, race, or other factors—or to flesh out the historical processes that produced these relationships. This empirical and theory-building project takes the first steps in this direction. This project involves several major empirical components. First, we will construct the most comprehensive and nuanced database of all 50 states’ statutory enforcement capacities in existence. Second, we will conduct semi-structured interviews with labor standards enforcement officials in all 50 states to learn how they conceptualize enforcement as it relates to individualized or systemic principles of regulation. Fourth, we will use Current Population Survey (CPS) data to estimate the minimum wage violation rate in every state and region in the U.S., which will enable us to estimate the relationship between violations and state enforcement capacities while interrogating other variables of theoretical interest (race, gender, citizenship, education, industry, occupation, etc.). Finally, we will use exploratory, in-depth comparative case studies to identify and theorize a repertoire of mechanisms linking the legacy of slavery and the post-slavery racialized economy in the South to weak state enforcement capacities and minimum wage violations.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer (June 2022 – September 2022).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • Position can be held remotely. Position can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training & outcomes:

The Fellow will:

  • Work with Professor Galvin and the research team to identify and refine coding categories for state enforcement capacities
  • Carefully read and systematically code state minimum wage law summaries provided by the online VitalLaw database
  • Reconcile codes and conduct intercoder reliability tests with the research team
  • Work with team to conduct semi-structured interviews of state labor standards enforcement officials
  • Help build CPS database for minimum wage violation estimates
  • Help identify states for case studies and begin data collection process
  • Meet frequently with the research team to discuss the research process

The Fellows will join an existing research team working on a research project that is still in its early stages. This will provide the Fellows the opportunity to see the process of designing a major research project from the ground-up. In addition, Fellows will gain:

  • Experience collaborating with a team of researchers
  • Skills conducting systematic coding of qualitative data and ensuring intercoder reliability
  • Experience doing legal research, working with state legal codes, the VitalLaw database, and Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • Skills conducting semi-structured interviews as part of large survey
  • Deep substantive knowledge about disparities in labor standards enforcement and minimum wage compliance across the nation and demographic groups
Preferred skills and experience: 
  • Experience working with Excel
  • Interest in law, legal studies, labor and workers’ rights, and racial justice

Learn more about Professor Galvin Apply Here

Professor Jordan Gans-Morse | Reimagining the Relationships Between Area Studies and Comparative Politics

Project: The study of Comparative Politics unites scholars with a focus on disparate world regions and who conduct research using a wide range of methodological approaches. In the 1990s, as some scholars increasingly began to integrate tools such as game theory and regression analyses into the study of Comparative Politics, a rift emerged between advocates of more "technical" methodological tools and defenders of in-depth, regionally specific knowledge often referred to as "Area Studies expertise." More recently, however, the methodological frontier of Political Science has shifted away from formal methods and macro-level statistical analysis and toward more micro-level, often experimental approaches that require extensive local knowledge. Consequently, there arguably now are significant opportunities for reimagining the relationships between Comparative Politics and Area Studies. This project examines such issues via a survey of Political Science faculty members and content analysis of articles published in top Political Science journals.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training & outcomes:

The Fellows will:

  • Conduct content analysis of articles from political science and comparative politics journals. We will be creating a data set for the years 1977-2017 based on eight journals and coding articles by their geographic and thematic focus.
  • Assist in cleaning and doing quality checks on the data we have already collected.
  • Conduct basic analyses using descriptive statistics and help make tables for a conference paper that may eventually be a journal article.

This project provides an opportunity for Fellows to observe the development of a research project from the stages of data collection, through the process of data analysis, and up through the later stages of drafting a conference paper. Additionally, Fellows will gain:

  • Experience in research methods such as content analysis, survey research, and basic statistical techniques.
  • Skills in using R for data management, data cleaning, and descriptive analyses.

Preferred skills and experience: 

  • Ideally, applicants will have taken Introduction to Comparative Politics (Poli Sci 250) or a course that covers similar material.
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail and be capable of reading and analyzing large amounts of material.
  • Students who are also majoring or minoring in Data Science with data scraping or machine learning skills should especially consider applying.
  • Familiarity with R is helpful but not required.

Learn more about Professor Jordan Gans-Morse Apply Here

Professor Kimberly Marion Suiseeya | Sovereignty and Resilience to Climate Change

Project: In this project, we seek to identify and understand the opportunities for strengthening Ojibwe resilience to climate change. One of the largest confederations of Indigenous Peoples in the United States, Ojibwe Nations in the Upper Great Lakes exert tribal sovereignty on reservations and exercise treaty rights throughout their ceded territories spanning three U.S. states (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Although leading climate actors in environmental stewardship and adaptation, Ojibwe Nations, like other Indigenous communities around the world, are amongst the groups most vulnerable to climate change (UN 2017). These include threats to food, water, and cultural security that are rooted in Ojibwe relationships to place and their relationships with manoomin (wild rice, Zizania palustris), an annual aquatic grass that produces highly nutritious seeds en masse in late summer.

This project’s vision is to enhance disaster anticipation, preparation, mitigation, and response in Indigenous communities by expanding the availability, utility, and usability of Indigenous knowledge and socio-ecological data. The project team includes 10 Ojibwe tribes in the Upper Great Lakes region, university researchers, and scientists and policy analysts from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), which works directly for the Ojibwe tribes. Our planning efforts over the past year have established clear links between Ojibwe sovereignty and resilience, and a need to collect and integrate new environmental data within a culturally-appropriate resilience framework.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • Position can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training and outcomes:

The Fellow will participate in the following research activities:

  • Data collection, including conducting interviews with policy makers and natural resource practitioners and policy reviews
  • Draft annotated bibliographies and thematic review summaries
  • Assist with data organization and file management
  • Depending on the progress made in the project, the student may also be able to participate in data analysis, interpretation, policy analysis, and writing up results for publication.

The Fellows will join a team of researchers and will have the opportunity to work with scholars and students from a variety of disciplines including political science, ecological sciences, engineering, and journalism, among others. This will help enhance the Fellow’s interdisciplinary literacy and expose her/him to alternative ways of understanding and examining questions in environmental social science. Additionally, the Fellow will gain:

  • Experience in collaborative approaches to research and how team-based research unfolds across different stages of research.
  • Transferrable research skills, such as surveying, organizing, and synthesizing research to answer empirical research questions.
  • Training in decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies, data analysis techniques and programs, and data management and archival curation.
  • Through field research, student team members will gain substantive knowledge around Indigenous politics, climate change and resilience, environmental science, sensing technologies, and transdisciplinary methodologies
  • Experience in interviews, institutional analysis, QSR NVivo, and ethics training (including Human Subjects/IRB).

Preferred Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent attention to detail, experience with web-based communication, and skills with Excel, QSR NVivo and EndNote (or be willing to learn).
  • Must be comfortable and capable of dealing with and organizing large amounts of diverse types of data
  • Self-driven and able to work independently
  • Capable of be able to follow data storage guidelines and procedures

Learn more about Professor Kimberly Marion Suiseeya  |  Apply Here

Professor Sara Monoson | Summoning Socrates (application closed)

Project: "Summoning Socrates"  is an ongoing project researching, compiling, cataloging, digitizing, and analyzing an archive of examples of uses of the figure of Socrates in a wide range of popular media in a variety of settings in the US and internationally in the 20th and 21st centuries (journalism, visual arts, radio, film, theater, advertising, comedy, comics, tv, social media, fiction, political rhetoric, education, marketing and more). The archive is robust now and we are ready to develop some public-facing outlets, posts, articles. The database dovetails with my book project of the same name.

In the past Farrell Fellows have helped research details and context for discrete items, catalog items on a spreadsheet, and digitize records. At times they have interviewed the creators of items. The fellows have also made presentations to the research group about their findings and participated in making decisions about inclusion and resonances of the items. Each fellow has drawn on their own skills to support the archive's development (e.g., knowledge of music history, skill in foreign languages, interest in political speeches or political theater). New Fellows will continue this work. Looking forward, the project has three priorities. First, expand the archive's international dimension. The US archive has more than 400 items and the international archive about 100. Second, set up a media outlet, such as Instagram, so we can post comments on current events that juxtapose the issue and a source in our archive. Third, acquire more contextual materials for key sources.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • The time commitment is flexible. Fellows can work more during the summer than academic year. Reducing the number of hours in certain quarters or months is possible with consultation.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training and outcomes:

The Fellows will:

  • Search out and record new source examples, including sources in languages other than English.
  • Assist with organizing and building the catalog of new and existing sources
  • Track citations and do bibliographical work related to the conceptual issues that shape the project as a whole (the idea of "summoning")
  • Provide their own contributions to the development of the project based on their individual interests and skills

 The Fellows participating in this project will gain:

  • An understanding of how to collect and compile a dataset or archive, and what goes into building an archive of humanistic sources
  • Experience working with a research team, including how to present and assess findings in a collaborative, constructive manner
  • Skills in using and manipulating collections of humanistic data
  • Command of Excel
  • Knowledge of the extraordinary variety of efforts to make conjurings of Socrates speak to contemporary events in meaningful (and sometimes curious) ways
  • Appreciation of how great sources have many complex afterlives beyond the academy (not only diverse scholarly interpretations)

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of languages beyond English is helpful but not required
  • Familiarity with, or interest in, political theory and ancient political thought
  • Experience using Instagram
  • Detail-oriented

Learn more about Professor Sara Monoson  |  Apply Here

Professor Wendy Pearlman | Syrian Identity: Narratives of Belonging and Home

Project: Eleven years since Syria’s popular uprising evolved into war, hundreds of thousands have been killed or disappeared, over half the population of 22 million has been forced from their homes, and material destruction registers in the hundreds of billions of dollars. For citizens whose life trajectories have been upturned by conflict, violent upheaval is transforming not only Syria, but also their sense of what it means to be Syrian. Many in these circumstances oppose the Syrian government, were forced to flee, and do not believe that they would be safe if they returned. Under such conditions, what is home? How do the displaced find belonging and rootedness between a homeland that is saturated with indignities as well as nostalgia, and a new residence that remains tinted with the strangeness of a foreign land?

I put these questions at the center of my next book project and examine them using interpretive analysis of interviews that I have conducted with more than 475 displaced Syrians throughout the Middle East and Europe since 2012, including dozens of interviews conducted remotely since 2020.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and/or spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023). Each fellow need not work every quarter; if you are able to work during some, but not all of these quarters, please do not hesitate to apply.
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • The time commitment and schedule are flexible.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training and outcomes: 

The 2022-23 Farrell Fellows will work together with Professor Pearlman and any other student research team members to:

  • Transcribe audio interviews using transcription software and correct errors in the computer-generated transcript in order to produce a clean, accurate transcript
  • Code interview transcripts after gaining technical fluency in NVIVO software and becoming proficient in the project codebook and its logic of key terms, concepts, ideas, and expression
  • Carefully read interview transcripts (and other collected documents) and code them according to our codebook
  • Write memos reflecting on the data and offer their own ideas for analysis (i.e. identify research questions, empirical patterns, etc.)
  • Meet regularly with the research team to discuss the research process and potential research findings.
  • Search for, read, take notes on, and/or summarize published academic or nonacademic works, such as works by Syrian writers, and writing on the themes of home, belonging, and identity.

This project focuses fully on gaining, using, and sharpening widely-applicable and transferable skills in research analysis and will help students develop tools to do their own independent projects in the future. In addition, the Fellows will gain:

  • Substantive expertise on the Syrian conflict
  • Technical fluency in transcription and coding
  • General skills in qualitative analysis, interpretive analysis, and/or story-telling
  • Experience using NVivo software, coding qualitative data, and using coded data to ask and answer research questions
  • Experience working with a research team in a spirit of partnership and camaraderie.
  • An inside view of and involvement in different phases of research processes, including research design, concept development, qualitative analysis, research ethics, manuscript-writing, and publishing

Preferred skills and experience: 

  • Interest or background in Middle East politics and Syria are strongly preferred, as is having taken Poli Sci 351: Middle East Politics
  • While not required, desirable skills include: experience with NVIVO, coding qualitative data, learning new computer software, and working with personal narratives and story-telling
  • Students with knowledge of Arabic are especially encouraged to apply.
Learn more about Professor Wendy Pearlman  |  Apply Here

Professor Reuel Rogers | The Black Suburban Sort: Is Suburbanization Diversifying Blacks' Racial Attitudes? (application closed)

Project: Blacks have been exiting central cities for the suburbs at accelerating rates over the last four decades. This suburbanizing trend is one of the most significant demographic developments in the Black population since the mid-twentieth century Civil Rights Era. Yet researchers still know very little about the political lives of this unprecedented wave of Black suburban newcomers. Their political participation patterns, policy preferences, and ideas about their racial identities and ties to other Blacks remain understudied. This project aims to help fill this gap in our understanding of the political ramifications of this geographic sorting between the growing tide of Black suburbanites and their Black central city counterparts.

This summer, I will assemble a research team primarily to organize and analyze interview data for the study. The Russell Sage Foundation has granted my project access to interview data collected for the newly launched American Voices Project (AVP). The AVP is the country's first qualitative platform for conducting interviews with a nationally representative sample. It consists of approximately 1,500 interviews, including an oversample of Blacks respondents in suburban and central city Census blocks in high-poverty metropolitan areas. The interview protocol features a module with questions about racial issues. The team will analyze Blacks' interview responses on these questions to investigate whether the geographic sorting of the population in suburban and urban places is associated with variation in their racial attitudes. The analysis will form the basis for a paper I have been selected to write and present at a fall 2022 Russell Sage Foundation conference spotlighting research based on the AVP data. The paper then will be submitted for peer review for possible inclusion in a special journal issue devoted to projects based on AVP data.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking one Fellow for the summer with the option to extend into the fall quarter (June 2022 – September or December 2022).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • The first 8 weeks of the project will be the most intensive and structured, focused heavily on the interviews and some Census data extraction.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training & outcomes:

The Fellow will:

  • Work with Professor Rogers on extracting, organizing, and coding the American Voices Project (AVP) interview data collected from Black respondents in metropolitan areas, focusing on the modules that elicit respondents' opinions on issues of racism and the Black Lives Matter movement for police reform.
  • We also will target the module addressing respondents' engagement with local and neighborhood resources to analyze Black suburban and central city dwellers’ attachment to civic and social networks.
  • If time permits, the Fellow will assist in adding to an original dataset that leverages U.S. Census and IRS non-profit reporting data to map civic infrastructure in suburban and central city neighborhoods with substantial numbers of Blacks.

The Fellow will gain:

  • Firsthand exposure to the research process, with an opportunity to help extract and analyze interview data from AVP, an innovative new research platform.
  • An understanding of the theoretical issues at stake in the study and methods for analyzing interview and Census data.
  • Experience in extracting interview data from a large sample and coding the data for analyses.
  • Familiarity with scholarly debates about change and stratification in Black political opinions and the sources of Blacks' political views, particularly on racial issues.
  • Although the interviews will be the focus of most of the research experience, the Fellow also will develop some familiarity with extracting and organizing Census data and tools for mapping the data (e.g., ArcGIS).

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Strong writing skills
  • Students who have taken courses that cover theories of political behavior and empirical methods are encouraged to apply
  • IRB training and experience with Excel and ArcGIS would be beneficial, but are not required.

Learn more about Professor Rogers  |  Apply Here

Professor Jacqueline Stevens | Knowing Citizens: Privacy, Secrecy, and the Rule of Law (application closed)


This is an ongoing project in which Fellows do hands-on research investigating the implications of government privacy and secrecy for the rule of law. Specific topics include Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions on so-called national security grounds; the use by military contractors of offset payments; and the competing privacy and good government interests brought to the fore by recent rule changes sealing immigration court proceedings in the federal court electronic database, PACER. Past Farrell Fellow research has resulted in works in progress on immigration judge misconduct, the unlawful deportation of U.S. citizens, and dollar per day payments to those in custody under immigration laws. The media regularly report on findings to which the students contribute. Ongoing research can be viewed on the project website.

Position & time commitment:

  • Seeking two Fellows for the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters (June 2022 – June 2023).
  • This position can be held remotely.
  • Positions can be held in conjunction with other work study positions, internships, or research assistantships.

Research training and outcomes:

The Fellow will:

  • File, track, and assist in litigating requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Perform original legal research using academic legal databases, such as Proquest, HeinOnline, Westlaw, PACER
  • Depending on interest, Fellows may co-author research articles
  • Develop professional scholarly research and investigative skills, including working knowledge of numerous databases and techniques useful for further academic research and investigative journalism.
  • Learn research methods and tools including data analysis, HTML, website management
The Fellows participating in this project will gain:
  • Experience in conducting legal research using Proquest, HeinOnline, Westlaw, PACER, and several other federal databases
  • Direct knowledge of civil litigation, policy-making in Congress and the executive branch,
  • Research and investigative skills, including knowledge of databases and techniques useful for further graduate level research and investigative journalism.

Preferred skills and experience: 

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to problem-solve, work independently, and be persistent in acquiring information
  • Experience with HTML and Excel is helpful, but can be learned during the Fellowship
  • Some experience with statistical analysis is preferable but not required

Learn more about Professor Jacqueline Stevens  |  Apply Here

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