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POLI 490H
Advanced Undergraduate Seminar: Statistical Research in Criminal Justice
M, W, 3:35 – 4:50pm, Graham Memorial Hall, room 083
Fall 2019

Prof. Frank R. Baumgartner
313 Hamilton Hall, phone 919-962-0414
Frankb@unc.edu
Web site: http://http://fbaum.unc.edu/
Office hours: tba for Fall 2019


This course will focus on hands-on quantitative research projects conducted in close consultation with the instructor, either individually or in small groups. Topics will include statistical questions about the criminal justice system, with datasets and research questions provided by the instructor. Some projects will deal with the death penalty, updating and extending research previously conducted for the book, Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty (Oxford, 2018). Others will relate to a database made available from the NC Administrative Office of the Courts, consisting of millions of records of arrest throughout the state over the past five years. Others may relate to research on traffic stops, with an emphasis on racial and gender disparities in the outcomes of those routine citizen-police encounters.  Students will gain hands-on experience in: a) data collection and management; b) data analysis; c) technical writing; d) oral and written communication; and e) speaking truth to power on controversial subjects of public policy.

The syllabus and course requirements are not yet set. Look back just before the start of Fall 2019 term for more information.

Last updated March 9, 2019