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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.

 2019 Summer Projects

Accountability Frameworks and International Organizations | Climate Change and Legal Accountability
Reports to: Catherine Admay
Apply to: admay@duke.edu

I would like to hire a research assistant to co-think and develop two projects this summer.  First, for a book chapter, I'm researching accountability mechanisms that have been deployed in Global Health to track stakeholder/dutybearer progress in relationship to legal standards and policy standards.  What accountability mechanisms are already established? Which ones have been proposed? Do any of these accountability mechanisms provide for scrutiny of international organizations (IO)? How do they account for (if at all) discrimination and negligence in relationship to those likely to be “left behind”?  What kind of legal and policy arguments can be fashioned to hold IO’s accountable for discrimination and negligence towards the most vulnerable?  What will be the impact, in GH and other domains, of the recently decided US Supreme court case on IO immunity (JAM v IFC)? Secondly, I’m building a teaching case combining creative social and legal accountability strategies to address climate change (People’s Climate Case in Europe, Juliana in the US, et al).  A student working with me will engage in, among other things, literature review, memo writing, interview preparation, transcription and analysis, archive management.  Flexible and growth mindset needed and a big plus if you are eligible for work study funds over the summer.  I would like to brief whoever I select for this position in person starting on 7 May.  The first "deliverables" deadline will be May 22.  Work load is front-ended in May and June. Work study students please apply!

Income and net worth poverty in the United States
Reports to: Christina Gibson-Davis
Apply to: cgibson@duke.edu

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    Bonding over Pub Pol

    Q: How did you get into public policy?

    Daniel: Well initially, when I took Public Policy 155 (Introduction to Public Policy), I was not very sure about my decision ... However now I see that there’s much more to public policy than the core courses. It’s a very interdisciplinary major which features research, business implementation, micro and macroeconomics, and even facets of cultural anthropology. So it’s just a very diverse major.

    Isabelle: I agree. I like having a diverse major because I’m actually a pre-med student but I’m also very interested in other things. So something I like about the public policy major is that you can take a global health ethics but you can also take a journalism class.

    Q: So you bonded over the major?

    Daniel: We knew each other beforehand; we were in the same residence hall in Gilbert-Addoms.

    Isabelle: Well when I walked into microeconomics I was like ‘Heyyy! Daniel!’

    Daniel: Yeah and I was like ‘Isabelle! You do this too!’ Yeah, we bonded after that! I think that’s another facet of public policy – bringing people with different backgrounds and different academic interests together. Isabelle, who is pre-med and still likes policy implementation, and me who is formally interested in West African development.

    -Isabelle Doan & Daniel Ntim (PPS’20)

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I am interested in hiring a student to help me with a project on income and net worth poverty in the United States. The primary tasks are data analysis and writing. The student will also co-author a brief with me on net worth poverty that will be distributed through the Cook Center on Social Equity. Applicants must have strong statistical skills, and knowledge of either Stata or R.  Pending interest, I can also offer the student some additional funding to do more extensive work.  

Effects of Foreign Trade on U.S. Labor Unions

Reports to: Matthew Johnson

Apply to: matthew.johnson@duke.edu 

I am looking for a Duke undergraduate student to help me ASAP with a data lookup/entry task that will support a research project studying how global forces have altered earnings and jobs of U.S. workers.  Description: I will provide you with a spreadsheet of 1,000 companies.  You will search for each company's unique identifier on a specified website and enter it into the spreadsheet.  I will provide more instructions for anyone expressing further interest.  

Social Accountability and Healthcare Delivery in Uttar Pradesh, India
Report to: Manoj Mohanan & Matthew Bunyi
Apply to: matthew.bunyi@duke.edu

A research team led by Professor Manoj Mohanan is currently evaluating the impact of Social Accountability (SA) interventions on health and nutrition outcomes in two districts in India.  As part of this effort, the team is carrying out qualitative interviews with program stakeholders in India.  In coordination with a graduate student and the rest of the research team, we are searching for someone to assist with transcription of interviews conducted in Hindi.  Candidates who excel in this position may be able to continue working with the project during the fall 2019 semester.  Native proficiency with Hindi is required.

Parenting Across Cultures – Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence    
Reports to: Ann Skinner
Apply to: askinner@duke.edu

Student(s) will work with Research Assistants and Research Project Manager to perform a variety of tasks related to a cross-national study of parenting and child adjustment.  Tasks include data preparation and cleaning, assisting with data collection as time and training allows, preparing documents for data collection and conducting literature searches.

Development of Resource Library for Sanford Committee Diversity and Inclusion
Reports to: Kathryn Whetten
Apply to: matthew.bunyi@duke.edu 

Professor Kathryn Whetten, Co-Chair of the Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), is hoping to work with a Public Policy undergraduate to conduct supervised research on useful resources relating to multiple aspects of diversity. Working with Professor Whetten, the student would identify several focus areas (e.g. race, gender, income, etc.). The student would review sources including, but not limited to, academic journals, books, film, audio, and workshop materials. The student will also be in charge of organizing and archiving the material in a manner accessible to members of the Sanford community.