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. Various jobs may be available relating to the Policy Agendas Project, its extensions overseas, my work on lobbying (including a new project starting for the European Union), things related to studying the death penalty, as well as various more computer-intensive and technically complicated efforts to use automated computer coding procedures to identify and classify public policy and media documents, helping automate the process of building databases to trace policy attention to issues over time. 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.


Download a job application including instructions.



updated: February 2, 2010

2 page CV

Teaching Materials



Conference Papers

Policy Agendas Project

Comparative Agendas Projects

Lobbying and Public Policy

Comparative Lobbying Project

Death Penalty

Research Opportunities
for Students