Cybelle Fox, Professor

Closed (1) Intersections of Race and Illegality: A Study of Asian and Latino Undocumented Young Adults

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

The broader project seeks to shed light on the lived experiences of Korean and Mexican undocumented young adults by (1) exploring how racial and cultural discourses might shape everyday lives through in-depth interviews of Korean and Mexican undocumented young adults and (2) examining portrayals of undocumented immigrants in Korean and Spanish language newspapers to understand how the respective communities frame illegality. URAP tasks will focus on the 2nd aspect of the project.



Day-to-day tasks: (1) skimming Spanish-language newspapers to identify the articles that are relevant, (2) managing and organizing newspaper files, and (3) extracting general information about the articles and interviews

This is an invaluable opportunity to get hands-on experience on the data collection process and insight into how data collection relates to the larger research agenda. The faculty mentor will meet with students at the end of the semester to discuss the project as well as broader questions about graduate school and academia. Students will also have brief biweekly meetings with the research supervisor to ask any questions and share reflections that have emerged from data collection.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Esther Yoona Cho, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Required: Strong Spanish reading skills, detail-oriented and organized, passion for issues of immigration and race relations.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (2) Boundaries and Intersectional meanings of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality among Asian and White American spouses

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

This qualitative project examines what high rates of interracial marriage between Asian and White Americans indicate about race relations and the assimilation of Asian Americans in the United States. Using in-depth interviews, it explores how boundaries and intersectional meanings of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are negotiated and reproduced among Asian and White American spouses, across their extended families, and within their child-rearing practices.


The research apprentice will develop skills and experience transcribing, coding, and analyzing interview data, as well as critically reading and reviewing literature to help situate the research project. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and work through different phases of a research project.

Brief weekly to bi-monthly meetings will be held to address questions, and discuss ongoing work and findings with daily supervisor.



Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Louise Ly, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, interest in areas of assimilation, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, family, intersectionality, and/or interest in transcribing, coding, and analyzing interview data.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (3) Exceptions to the Racist Rule - Why Some Have Neutral Levels of Implicit Racial Bias

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

This study will explore the social roots of implicit racial bias, focusing specifically on White people's contact with, and their perceptions of threat by, racial minorities.

Even as hate speech and crimes dominate the headlines, implicit racial bias - an unconscious form of racism - continues to shape American life. Implicit bias has been shown to influence the behavior of college students, preschool teachers, jurors, trial judges, and doctors, even unbeknownst to them.

Yet even in our society, an estimated one in five White people have negligible levels of implicit bias against African Americans. These people are relatively unlikely to contribute to concerning outcomes in certain situations. This finding is based on opt-in responses to the implicit association test, the most common measure of implicit bias (if you're curious, you can take a test here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html).

This study will use implicit association test scores, survey responses, Census data, and in-depth interviews to explore how Whites' experiences of contact and threat lead them to develop high or negligible levels of implicit bias against Blacks. Ultimately, findings will be used to develop policy proposals aimed to lower levels of implicit racial bias across the country.



One or more of the following, based on apprentice preferences, fit and availability (training to be provided for each task):

- Collecting Census data: Gathering details on demographic changes around respondents' homes over the past ten years.

- Conducting in-depth interviews: Gathering data by talking with respondents across the country in real time over Skype.

- Transcribing interviews: Typing out recordings of interviews conducted via Skype (see above).

- Coding interviews: Using MaxQDA to identify themes across respondents' interview answers, to work toward answers to the broad research questions.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Kristen Nelson, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: - Flexibility. Data collection is unfolding actively, and often unpredictably. - Assertiveness. Clear communication will be essential for an optimal RA experience. - Stick-to-it-ivness. A willingness to carry out mundane tasks (e.g., interview transcription) as agreed upon at the beginning of the semester. - Dedication. Passion for the subject matter.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated