The Sié Center is home to numerous research projects designed to enhance the Korbel School's core educational goals by actively involving students as research assistants. The research projects—focused on emerging issues in security and foreign policy—seek to improve knowledge within the academic, public, and policy spheres. This is accomplished with the help of over 25 MA and PhD student research assistants guided by the Center's faculty. Together, the faculty and students produce policy-relevant research using cutting-edge tools and technologies. Students are encouraged to play crucial roles in developing and analyzing new data, thus enhancing program efficiency while encouraging skill development of graduate research assistants.
Current Research Assistants
More than 35 PhD and MA students from the Korbel School of International Studies currently work at the Sié Center as research assistants, many of them Sié Fellows. Read more about the student workers here.
Student Research Opportunities
There are currently four openings for student research assistants at the Sié Center. In general, applicants must be proficient in MS Word and MS Excel, have exceptional internet research skills, and be comfortable learning and using new technology. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also enjoy working in an office environment with others. Other specific requirements may apply; please view the openings for further details and instructions on how to apply.
The Sié Center also supports the work of Korbel doctoral students.
PhD student Fletcher Cox is developing his dissertation project on whether informal structures such as "peace committees" or informal architectures of peace can bridge institutional gaps in settings where the government is weak and local governance institutions fail to adequately address local grievances and conflicts. His project will focus on Nepal and Kenya.
PhD student Joel Day is interested in religious violence and resistance movements, specifically how understandings of afterlife identity influence narratives of conflict and in-group/out-group dynamics. The dissertation project asks questions about how transcendental reality narratives influence the duration, intensity and termination rate of conflict.
PhD student Kara Kingma is investigating democratic transitions in states divided along racial, ethnic, and religious lines. Her studies focus on the consolidation of new democracies in the Middle East and levels of government effectiveness and citizen satisfaction in these new systems.
PhD student Matthew Klick is researching the extent to which the state's delivery of public services in Guatemala is related to perceptions among the public of state legitimacy, and on the other hand whether in those areas where the state is absent there is a greater reliance on informal service providers and transnational NGOs.
PhD student Pauline Moore investigates political violence and terrorism, in particular the reasons behind the use of violent and nonviolent forms of political contestation in civil wars.
PhD student Roni Kay O'Dell is investigating whether there divergence in how international actors such as the UN Development Program and the World Bank approach governance support, for example the extent to which UNDP supports "democratic governance" as opposed to norms of "good governance" at the World Bank.