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Research Assistantships

The Eads Family Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund provides funding to encourage undergraduate public policy majors to become involved in faculty research projects

(Juniors or sophomores might have an opportunity to build on the experience by choosing to write an honors thesis.) Please apply directly to the person listed in the position description, providing a resume and explanation of your interest in the position.

 2020 Spring Projects

Air Quality and Student Absences
Reports to: Sarah Komisarow
Apply to: sarah.komisarow@duke.edu

I am interested in hiring a Research Assistant (RA) to work on a project that investigates the relationship between exposure to air pollution and school absences.

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    Superstar Research Assistant

    Camille Ampey really knows what it's like to be an undergraduate research assistant. She spent the summer of 2019 conducting research for four different Sanford entities.


    She traveled to courthouses in the area to do public records research for professor Beth Gifford. She created an interactive map of historically black colleges for professor Deondra Rose. She also collected data for professor Sarah Komisarow, and worked on anti-bias research for Sanford's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.


    Ampey says she especially liked being able to work closely with faculty members, building connections with them and finding out more about the wide variety of research that is happening at Sanford.

On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991
Reports to: Simon Miles
Apply to: simon.miles@duke.edu

I am seeking research assistants to help me prepare a book on the Warsaw Pact in Cold War history. I am chiefly hoping to work with students who have foreign-language skills that would lend themselves to this subject, e.g. Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech/Slovak, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, or Russian. Depending on students' interests and language abilities, work would focus on conducting research in archival and/or published materials.

Browntown Crossroads:  An archival exploration
Report to: Don Taylor
Apply to: don.taylor@duke.edu

Browntown Crossroads, in Greene County, N.C., was established as a (relatively) safe community for mixed-race descendants of slave owners.  Over time, though still recognized as home to mixed-race people, it came to offer little or no protection from the larger social and legal or quasi-legal practices that affected its residents.  This project seeks to identify and explore archival materials related to Browntown, its residents and their descendants, and to understand what its story can teach us about the hierarchy of human value in the rural U.S. South and how race and gender influence and are affected by that hierarchy.  The project will primarily involve online archival/historical research.