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 35 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 40 PhD, MA, and undergraduate students from the Korbel School of International Studies and other schools within the University of Denver currently work at the Sié Center as research assistants, many of them Sié Fellows. Students conduct meaningful research, have opportunities for publication, and participate in Sié Center events as valued members of our community. Read more about our current research assistant cohort 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 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 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.