1. LGBT Research Opportunity
Columbia University scholar is seeking a graduate or undergraduate student for unpaid research assistance with an applied research project (described below). The work, ideally 5-10 hours per week, consists chiefly of identifying, reading through and writing short briefs about scholarly studies on specific LGBT research topics. Please send cover letter and CV to Nathaniel at email@example.com.
“What We Know” Project Summary
The “What We Know” Project is a new public policy research portal at Columbia Law School that marks a path-breaking convergence of scholarship, public policy and new media communications. Focusing on several pressing public policy debates, the portal brings together in one place the preponderance of scholarly evidence that informs these debates so policymakers, journalists, researchers and the public can make truly informed decisions about what policies and positions best serve the public interest.
Part online library, part communications outreach apparatus, the project is designed to show, rather than tell, the public what the scholarly consensus is on a given issue by using modern technology to make bulk-information processing more viable and realistic for non-experts. The portal does not produce original research; instead it aggregates existing studies based on their quality and relevance to a particular policy question, summarizes the studies for quick reference, and provides easy links to the research (or abstracts) so readers can examine them for themselves.
The first phase focuses on research on LGBT equality, specifically gay parenting, the debate over conversion therapy, the impact of stigma on LGBT youth, and physical and mental health issues. Future phases may include additional policy issues such as tax fairness, gun safety, climate change and education reform. The goal is to shape public policy in a “long game” that uses research-based messages to influence public opinion, law, and the quality of life of vulnerable populations.
2. LGBT Book Research Opportunity
Columbia-based gay rights author seeks part-time research assistant for 5-10 hours per week of research assisting with book on marriage equality. Work is flexible and remote (i.e. not on-site).Nathaniel Frank, the historian and author of “Unfriendly Fire,” a book that helped end the military’s ban on gay troops, is writing a book on the history of marriage equality and is seeking an unpaid research assistant to help write research briefs.Ideal skills include:
· Familiarity with, and interest in, LGBT issues and/or the history of same-sex marriage
· Strong research skills using online databases, Google, phone queries, etc.
· Good time management and follow-through
· Familiarity with standard (Chicago Manual) citation formats
· Ability to read and digest quickly
· Attention to detailPlease send cover letter and CV to Nathaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Nathaniel Frank
Nathaniel Frank is a cultural historian and author of the critically acclaimed “Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America,” which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction. He is a frequent contributor to Slate magazine, and his publications and commentary have also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Washington Post, American Prospect, Huffington Post, The New Republic, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is currently director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School and is writing a second book on the history of marriage equality.