Jennifer Bussell, Professor

Closed (1) The Daily Life of Indian Politicians - Shadowing as a Tool for Medium-N Research

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

This project has dual aims: 1) To develop an understanding of the daily lives of Indian politicians and 2) to highlight the role for "shadowing"--short term observations of actors in their normal environment--for studies of political science. The URAP apprentice(s) will assist in reviewing field notes from observations of multiple Indian politicians and help to anonymize the data in these notes for the purposes of publication. Apprentices will also become familiar with the Annotation for Transparent Inquiry technique for generating active links between source materials and published texts.

Primary tasks:
- Review shadowing fieldnotes
- Generate anonymized versions of field notes
- Assist in implementing ATI techniques for linking field notes to working papers
- Students will have the opportunity to contribute to what will become two articles based on the field materials being used, Graduate Student

Qualifications: - Attention to detail - Interest in Indian politics - Interest in qualitative research methods - Comfort with using Microsoft Excel

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

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Closed (2) Multi-party Politics and Cabinet Formation in India

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

India's democracy is characterized by a multi-party system in which coalition governments have become increasingly common to governance. Yet, we have little systematic understanding of the ways in which important cabinet posts are used as tools of electoral politics between parties. In this research project, we will marshall evidence from multiple decades of sub-national governments in India to shed light on the relevance of formal cabinet appointments to electoral politics.

Primary tasks:
- Use hard copy and Internet sources to document the make-up of cabinets in Indian state governments
- Track within-term changes in cabinets
- Build dataset of appointments over time and across states

Qualifications: - Attention to detail - Interest in Indian politics - Creativity in newpaper and online searches - Facility with written Indian language(s) other than English is a plus

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Closed (3) The Political Economy of Textiles in India

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

This exploratory project seeks to understand the dynamics of the textiles industry in India, with special attention to the political economy of production. In this early stage of the research, we will be focused on collecting background materials about the industry, including statistics on both small-and large-scale production, as well as documentation of national and state-level policies to regulate and promote textiles.

Primary tasks:
- Research descriptive statistics about the textile Industry in India, primarily with online sources
- Review government websites for information on textile-related policies
- Generate a literature review on existing academic research on textiles and related industries in India and other major producers.

Qualifications: - Interest in political economy, particularly with regard to domestic production and international markets - Interest in Indian politics - Strong organizational skills - Ability to provide written summaries of large amounts of material

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs