QSS is involved with many research projects that span the social sciences.

Student Funded-Projects

QSS offers research funding for select student projects. Recent projects include:

  • "More than Just a Name:  Can First Names Signal Party Affiliation?," 2015-16, Clara Wang '17, QSS minor and B.A. Government
  • "Does Randomized Ballot Order Increase Invalid Votes?" presented by Alex Woodruff '17 at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago) and co-authored by Professor of Government and Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies Yusaku Horiuchi
  • "Exploring French Public Opinion of the United States through an Empirical Application of Intergroup Contact Theory," 2014-15, Brett Drucker '15, B.A. Government
  • “Variations in Public Diplomacy Language in Producing Soft Power in the Arab World,” 2014–2015, Sara Kassir ’15, B.A. Government
  • “Dangerous Allies? Entanglement and Moral Hazard in the US-Japan Alliance,” 2014–2015, Alexander Rubin ’15, B.A. Government
  • "The Electoral Politics of Crime:  Salience and Effectiveness of Anti-Crime Platforms in Latin American Presidential Campaigns," 2014-15, Samantha Sherman '15, B.A. Government, B.A. Hispanic Studies

Presentations by Students Minoring in QSS

  • "The Impact of Student and Faculty Diversity on Achievement and Post-Graduate Outcomes," Winter 2017 presentation, Joel Weng '17, QSS minor and B.A. Economics

    Abstract: This project studied the effect of multi-racial interaction in the student body and faculty at the school level at over four thousand institutions in the United States. By leveraging the expansiveness of the College Scorecard panel dataset and data-wrangling capabilities in R, the data indicated that diversity had a positive effect on completion and retention, but varied and sometimes negative effects on loan repayment and earnings.
  • "More than Just a Name:  Can First Names Signal Party Affiliation?," Spring 2016 presentation, Clara Wang '17, QSS minor and B.A. Government

    Abstract: My QSS project examined whether people can infer someone's political affiliation based off their first name or other characteristics, such as what car a person drives or which beer someone prefers to drink.