Research Opportunities for UNC Students


I regularly hire undergraduates and graduate students to work on various research projects. Look through the links to the left and explore some of my recent research areas. In 2017 and 2018, I'm completing a book on the death penalty in the US, doing a lot of work on racial disparities in traffic stops in NC and nationally, and hope to complete a book with Seth Kotch and Isaac Unah on the modern history of the death penalty here in North Carolina. In addition, I always seem to have miscellaneous research and teaching projects on which I need help. I may not be hiring at the moment for the particular project you find most interesting, but I may have started up a new one.


If you are interested in working on one of my research projects, and you are a current UNC-CH student, please use the link below to fill out an application.


Note: If you qualify for work-study benefits, why work at the library shelving books or cleaning dishes at the dorm cafeteria? I could hire you to get involved in some research project. (No offense to current dorm and library workers!)


Students typically go through some training period, then work on their own and give regular reports on their progress. I usually hold weekly meetings to discuss problems, track progress, and keep everyone involved. The work tends to be computer- and internet-based. I'm particularly interested in hiring students with an interest in continuing their studies in grad school, who might want to do a thesis related to any of my research projects, who'd like to stay involved for a while, or those with some particular technical skills. No one has all these things simultaneously, so if you're not sure, please apply anyway, or contact me with questions. It's not a good idea to sign up if you can work only 1-2 hours a week, but if you can put in say 5 hours a week over the semester, less during the times when you have exams, then it's potentially a good idea. I don't have the funds to hire any students more than about 10 hours a week at the most, and most students work less than that.


Download a job application including instructions.



updated: May 7, 2017

2-page CV




Conference Papers

Policy Agendas


Death Penalty


Traffic Stops

Student Research

PhD Placement

Tips and Pointers