Faculty Supervisor: Allison Pugh
Specialization: Culture, family, work, gender/sexualities
Research Focus: Professor Pugh has two projects with which the student might become involved: 1) an investigation of parental leave among UVA faculty, staff, and graduate students; and 2) research on multi-parent families, including hetero- and LGBT step-families, and how they manage childrearing across households. Both involve in-depth interviewing.
Job Description: PLEASE NOTE THIS POSITION IS AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2014 SEMESTER ONLY. 1) assist in recruitment of potential subjects through social media, flyers, phone calls, etc.; 2) assist in tracking subjects/data through Microsoft Excel, Word, and possibly the online program Dedoose; 3) other activities may include observations of children/families, transcription, and coding/analysis of interview data. Student will be trained in Dedoose, ethnographic observations, coding, and other job-specific skills as needed.
Required Skills/Knowledge: 1) discretion is most important – data will be confidential and student must be able to maintain confidentiality; 2) familiarity with social media, including Facebook and meetup; 3) rudimentary Excel skills. Preferable (but not required) that student can drive and has access to a car: study participants for the second project will likely be located in Richmond or DC. Interested students can explore the online application, Dedoose.
Required Courses: Any sociology course, especially courses focusing on gender, family, work, and/or qualitative research methods.
Training: The student selected for this position will need to complete on-line certification training on ethics in social science research provided through Social Sciences Institutional Review Board before beginning work.
What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will learn: 1) how to approach and manage a qualitative research project; 2) how to conduct/collect qualitative date; and 3) how to code/analyze qualitative data. You will also gain substantive knowledge about how employed people handle work/family conflict around early parenthood (and how institutions can shape that) and how multi-parent families deploy cultural strategies to handle challenges of childrearing across households (and how institutions can shape that).
Pugh, Allison J. 2013. “What good are interviews for thinking about culture? Demystifying interpretive analysis.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology 1, 42-68 (February 2013).