CARTSS supports faculty and graduate research in all disciplines of the social sciences. Several of our current projects are featured below.

Faculty Projects

"Men of One Age: Japanese Fieldworkers in the Transwar World"

Miriam Kingsberg Kadia (Department of History)

Thanks to the CARTSS award, I was able to spend three weeks at Osaka’s National Museum for Ethnology (Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan) in June 2017. In the research library of this institution, I examined the recently donated personal papers of Izumi Seiichi, the principal protagonist of my book. The materials I found included unpublished presentations, correspondence, photographs, fellowship applications, field notes and data, and course syllabi, lectures, and exams. These sources enabled me to write of Izumi with with much greater precision, accuracy, and intimacy. They were particularly transformative for Chapters 2, 6, and 7, which discuss Izumi’s research in early 1940s New Guinea, mid-1950s Brazil, and 1960s Peru, respectively.  

"Mortality Risk Among Gang Members in an Urban Metropolitan Area: Linking Gang Intelligence with the National Death Index"

David Pyrooz (Department of Sociology)

We have made productive use of CARTSS funding toward advancing the study, Mortality Risk Among Gang Members in an Urban Metropolitan Area: Linking Police Gang Intelligence with the National Death Index. After the National Death Index (NDI) completed our request for 64,186 person-years of death records among a cohort of individuals in a gang database, we were able to use CARTSS funding to support one undergraduate and one graduate student on the project. These students worked together under the supervision of the PI to merge data sources to produce the Gang Member-Linked Mortality Files (GM-LMFs). We have since cleaned and coded the GM-LMFs, as well as conducted extensive searches to validate overall and cause-specific mortality among individuals for whom the NDI marked as likely but not confirmed dead. Based on the data merge and checks, we have determined with high certainty that the lower and upper bound person-level mortality rates were between 3.4% and 8.4%, respectively.

Funding support from CARTSS, along with the Institute of Behavioral Science and the Department of Sociology, has allowed this research to advance in significant ways toward providing the most in-depth and comprehensive examination of mortality risk among gang members to date. We anticipate that this study will provide a foundation for future research in criminology, demography, public health, and sociology, while also maintaining significant implications for social policy.  

"Gender and Differences in Individual Attitudes toward Immigration"

Adrian Shin (Department of Political Science)

With the CARTSS funding, we were able to perform two original experiments through Amazon Mechanical Turk. The remainder of the grant funded the graduate student co-author on the project. In total, over 1,000 respondents were surveyed for each trial of the experiment.

Substantial information was collected about each individual, including standard demographics and other political and economic opinions. From there, the investigators were able to clean up the data and run several analyses. Respondents were randomly put into four separate treatment groups. Group 1 received a picture of a male immigrant of color who is a computer programmer. Group 2 received a similar picture, but of a female computer programmer. Group 3 saw a picture of a female immigrant of color who is a hotel maid, and lastly, Group 4 received a picture of a male immigrant of color who is a hotel custodian. We were interested to see if issue framing and a distinction about the immigrant’s gender would cause a treatment effect for one’s preference for immigration openness.