The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Child Policy Research Assistants

Research Assistants needed to work on child policy research project for a minimum of 2 credits. Students will assist in a study of child policy in the U.S. from 1900-2015. Students will learn how to code media coverage to understand social movements that sometimes lead to policy change success and other times to failure. Once coding is complete, students will either learn data analysis and graphing using Excel or assist in archival research on the role of foundations in funding advocacy for policy change, locating historical photographs, and editing. The skills gained will be substantive knowledge of child policy, data coding, data analysis and graphing, and archival research methods. The student’s work will be acknowledged in publication credits.


Professor Bushouse

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Child Policy Research Assistants


Interest in public policy, fluency in English with solid writing skills, familiarity of Excel - including graphing capabilities, willingness to learn new research skills, and a professional approach to work and communication.


Fall 2020

Application instructions: 

Send an email explaining your interest in the research project and why you would be a good fit for the position, (2) a resume, and (3) names and contact information for two professors who can served as references to Professor Bushouse