Soc 320 Research Opportunity, Spring 2020: Measuring Varieties of Populism in Political Speeches

Term: Spring 2020
Status: Open
Contact: Kerem Morgul morgul@wisc.edu
Description: This project proposes a novel method for measuring populism in political speeches, a method that maps populist discourse along two dimensions: (i) a vertical dimension that represents the opposition between “the people” and “the elite,” and (ii) a horizontal dimension that represents the opposition between “the people” and ethno-cultural “outsiders.” The proposed method will be used to quantify not only the overall degree (vertical dimension) but also the type (horizontal dimension) of populism employed by major Democratic and Republican contenders during the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. (See document for more details.900-320-035 Morgul Research Practicum description)
Qualifications: This project requires excellent command of English. Diligence and attention to detail are also essential. Students who have taken a basic research methods class in the social sciences or communication studies are preferred.
To Apply: Please send an email to Kerem Morgul with the following information: (i) your name; (ii) year in school; (iii) major(s); (iv) whether you have taken a research methods class in the social sciences or communication studies; (v) prior research experience, if any; and (vi) why you are interested in working as a research assistant in this project and how you think it will work into your schedule.