Soc 320 Research Opportunity, Fall 2020: “Safer-at-Home”: How Shifting Daily Realities Affect Life Course Decisions, Aspirations, and Practices

Term: Fall 2020
Status: Open
Working With: Kelsey Wright, 
Topic: “Safer-at-Home”: How Shifting Daily Realities Affect Life Course Decisions, Aspirations, and Practices
This project investigates how the daily lives of people have been affected due to “Safer-at-Home” orders, and whether those changes have affected (or not) respondents’ ideas and practices around romantic relationships and childbearing. I’ve interviewed individuals in Dane County from low-, middle-, and high-income backgrounds about their typical days, worries, and feelings, and how those have changed over the course of experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic; these interviews also include talking to respondents about how their romantic relationships (or potential for romantic relationships) have stayed the same or changed and whether they are interested in having children now or in the future.
Activities: Undergraduate students interested in working as a research assistant will transcribe interviews conducted for this research project. This work will consist of full transcribing some interviews, and correcting AI transcribed interviews in some cases. The interviews range from 40 minutes to 100 minutes; once a student has become familiar with the transcription process, I expect that a typical transcription will take about 3 hours (or 1 credit if one interview is transcribed per week). The interviews are ongoing; currently about 35 are scheduled and I anticipate scheduling 60-80 in total. Undergraduate research assistants could also potentially participate in qualitative coding of these transcripts or interview observation if these activities are of interest.
To Apply: Please contact Kelsey Q. Wright at the email address above. No prerequisites. I will train students on any necessary software or transcription techniques. Students should have a good command of spoken and written English.