Gabriel Lenz, Professor

Closed (1) Origins of High Rates of Police Homicides and Civilian Homicides in US Cities

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As late as 1900, US cities had low rates of violence, both state violence and interpersonal violence. The current high rates appear to emerge around 1900-1930 in Jim Crow cities in the South. I am attempting to confirm this preliminary finding by documenting homicides from newspaper accounts in southern cities.

Find and code police and civilian homicides in newspapers.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jake Levy, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Willingness to work hard and carefully search/read historical newspapers online. We will use Google sheets to collect the data on each homicide.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: We will try to work together in person, but we will play it by ear and may work over zoom.

Open (2) Variations in union democracy and union officer ideology

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 11th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 24th at 9 AM.

Unions are one of the few democratic institutions within the workplace. However, the institutional structure of unions can encourage or constrain democracy within unions. I am interested in investigating the inner workings of union locals by collecting data on union local constitutions and bylaws, and collective bargaining agreements.

Additionally, unions are important institutions for organizing workers, however, we know little about what union leaders want. I am interested in examining how union officers' ideologies have changed over time.

Undergraduate research assistants will work on one of three projects. The first project focuses on collecting and coding collective bargaining agreements to get a sense for what union officers successfully negotiate for their members. The second project requires collecting and coding union local constitutions and bylaws to understand the institutional setup of union locals. The third project focuses on collecting data on the types of candidates that union officers donated to across time to estimate how their ideologies have changed.

The apprenticeship is designed to introduce undergraduates to one part of social science research. Undergraduate research assistants will learn about how to collect, code, and analyze data. Furthermore, research assistants will learn more about labor and union politics in American politics.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Alan Yan, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Research apprentices should be familiar with how to use Excel or Google Spreadsheets. Some exposure to R is preferred but not required.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Over zoom or in person.