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Current Opportunities for the Academic Year Part-time Research Assistant Program

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Open for Applications - 2021-22 Part-time Research Assistant Opportunities:  

*The application deadline for all open opportunities is October 10, 2021.

Identifying Effective Strategies for Malaria Eradication 

This project assesses whether targeted approaches to delivering antimalarial medications and indoor residual spraying hold promise for malaria elimination. The Research Assistant will gain experience in spatial, epidemiologic, and statistical analyses and data visualization. 

Research mentor: Jade Benjamin-Chung (Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Medicine) 

Go to application on SOLO. 

Improving State Effectiveness through Bureaucrat Assignment: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo 

The research assistant will work on a research project on the optimal allocation of bureaucrats and gain research experience in development economics by analyzing a randomized controlled trial conducted in partnership with the Provincial Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Research mentor: Augustin Bergeron (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford King Center on Global Development)

Go to application on SOLO. 

Information, Distribution, and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa 

How are nominally universal state-building processes constrained by forces of distributive politics? This project studies how states’ efforts to solicit information from citizens shape the levels and distribution of welfare in society. 

Research mentor: Jeremy Bowles (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford King Center on Global Development)  

Go to application on SOLO.

Entrepreneurship Education to Aid Refugee Populations

The purpose of this research project is to pilot and assess the impact of an intervention that will foster entrepreneurship amongst refugee population in Ethiopia to increase their self-reliance and economic integration in host communities. 

Research mentor: Charles Eesley (Associate Professor, Management Science and Engineering) 

Go to application on SOLO. 

Can Economics and Finance Reduce Ethnic Conflict and Political Polarization? 

This project uses historic natural experiments and contemporary field experiments to understand how economic approaches, including financial innovations, can empower individuals, reduce ethnic conflict and mitigate political polarization. The research assistant will work with historical source materials, gather and analyze data from around the world. 

Research mentor: Saumitra Jha (Associate Professor of Political Economy, Graduate School of Business) 

Go to application on SOLO. 

Understanding and Predicting Income-Generating Electricity Use in India

Electricity use is essential to meet modern quality-of-life standards driven by changes in income-generating potential. However, it is not well known how changes in electricity consumption have differentially impacted economic activities over time. 

Research mentor: Michael Machala (Postdoctoral Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy)

Go to application on SOLO.

Data-driven Approaches to Human Trafficking Detection 

The Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab is a multidisciplinary research collaboration working to bring the most promising innovations in research methods and modern data science to the fight against traffickers.  

Research mentor: Grant Miller (Professor, School of Medicine)

Go to application on SOLO. 

Identity Politics and Policy Change: The Impacts of Quotas on Policy Outcomes in India 

Which women become politicians, particularly under quotas, and when and why does women’s electoral representation lead to changes in policy outcomes? This project will use big data from across India to study the conditions under which the world’s largest quota system leads to policy change. 

Research mentor: Soledad Prillaman (Assistant Professor, Political Science) 

Go to application on SOLO. 

Planning for Productive Migration in Niger 

The Immigration Policy Lab is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (5 hours/week) who is a fluent French speaker to support the launch of a new program on migration and development in Niger. Tasks may include survey preparation, review of training materials, literature reviews, data collection and analysis. 

Research mentor: Jeremy Weinstein (Professor, Political Science and Faculty Director, Immigration Policy Lab) 

Go to application on SOLO.