Research Opportunities

Doctoral positions

In order to apply for a doctoral position please follow the following guidelines:

  1. Two programs offer admission for doctoral work (a) the Department of Politics and Public Administration and (b) the Graduate School of Decision Sciences.
  2. Please note that pursuing a PhD in either program requires course work and regular presence at the university.
  3. If you are qualified given the programs guidelines, please assess whether your research interests align well with my research group and explicate this shared interest in detail in the cover letter.
  4. If you plan on submitting an application without reference to a specific job announcement, please email me a single pdf file containing the following documents:
  • cover letter
  • CV
  • transcript of courses and grades
  • three letters of reference by academic supervisors
  • 5 page dissertation prospectus.

Research opportunities for students

I occasionally hire undergraduates and graduate students to work on various research projects (see the CV). Generally, these jobs may include: constructing bibliographies, identifying and examining foreign news sources and data bases, data analysis, and write-up. They can be computer-intensive and technically demanding. If you are interested in working on one of my research projects, please email me the application (as a pdf file named Yourlastname_Month_Year) with the following information:

  • a CV, including major, number of years in college, overall GPA, and your major field GPA
  • a transcript of courses that you have completed in political science, sociology, research methods, or statistics
  • a statement of interest
  • a description of relevant work experiences, esp. research assistance
  • an assessment of your familiarity with various software tools, including office packages, statistical programs, programming skills, and content management solutions
  • an indication of how many hours you would be available to work during a semester and for how many semesters

Students typically go through a training period, then work on their own and give regular reports on their progress. The work tends to be computer- and internet-based. I hold regular meetings to discuss problems, track progress, and keep everyone involved. I am particularly interested in hiring students with an interest in continuing their studies in graduate school, who might want to do a thesis related to any of my research projects, who'd like to be involved for an extended period, or those with some particular technical skills. No one has all of these traits simultaneously, so if you're not sure, please apply anyway, or contact me with questions.