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PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

sociology, science and technology studies, demography, data analysis

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Analyzing and Presenting Survey Data

In this project you will learn how to access survey data, how to prepare raw data for analysis, and how to conduct basic summary statistics and create data visualizations. You will create a final report that explains to a professional audience what question you’re answering, how your data enable you to answer it, and what conclusions you drew based on your analysis. Prerequisites: 1) Some background in elementary statistics 2) Some familiarity with code-based statistical software like Stata, SAS, R, or SPSS. Other information: Access to statistical software is required, preferably Stata (license required) or R (open source).

Understanding How Knowledge is Socially Constructed

In today’s polarized political climate and contentious online landscape, it is more evident than ever that what we know depends on our social connections and cultural assumptions. In this project you will learn how our understanding shapes reality as much as reality shapes our understanding. You will apply this knowledge by analyzing how social and cultural factors shaped a fact that we typically take for granted. Prerequisites: An interest in a social scientific understanding of philosophical questions and a desire to read complex texts.

Coding skills

Stata, R (dplyr), SQL

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