In Progress

Border Presence along international crossings

Studies of various transnational phenomena have burgeoned over the past decades. Many studies portray states as highly permeable entities with degrading abilities to regulate activities that cross their borders. This is certainly the case with studies of transnational crime, e.g., cross-border trafficking in illicit goods, services and labor. And yet, we know very little about the geography of state authority and presence along international borders. This proposal is to create a database that systematically documents state presence along critical infrastructural routes connecting states.

China Biographical Database Project

This research project consists of prosopographical, social network, and spatial analysis.  We are in interested in how Chinese social and political elites interact from the 7th through the 19th century.  Students are responsible for research on items (such as historical placenames) used for coding data, some database management, research on historical bureaucratic titles.  A reading knowledge of Chinese is required.

Digital Humanities

Over the past two years, Afsaneh Najmabadi has developed a digital archive and website that preserves, links, and renders accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women’s worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty (1796 – 1925) in Iran. Over the next period, the project will be focused on is the development and launch of two new features: an interactive research platform and an interactive genealogy and geography feature.

State Responses to Immigration Regulation

Why do states vary in their approaches towards the regulation of immigration?  In this research project, we will map and explain cross-national variation in the way receiving states attempt to regulate immigration flows in contemporary times. Using statistical and qualitative case analysis, we plant to consider a range of explanatory factors including (a) interest groups; (b) partisan politics; (c) market factors and (d) legal and political institutions.