Amy Kate Bailey

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Sociology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 4140D Phone: 312-996-6559
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Prof. Bailey's research focuses on historical patterns of racial violence in the American South, more commonly known as lynching. She is particularly interested in the characteristics of individuals who were targeted for victimization, and with Stew Tolnay has written a book, Lynched: The Victims of Southern Mob Violence, on the characteristics of lynch victims that was published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. She is currently building a database using census records for individuals who were threatened with lynching or survived an attempted lynching. The project currently involves on graduate student, serving as the project manager, and five undergraduate researchers. Results will be used to compare the economic, demographic, and social characteristics of people who were "only" threatened with the characteristics of those who were actually killed.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 8

    Qualifications of a Student:
    This position requires a high level of organization, time management, and attention to detail, as well as the ability to participate in “big picture” project planning, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students who are Sociology majors or minors are preferred, as are students whose academic trajectories allow them to commit to multiple semesters of project participation. Students with a GPA below 3.2 will be considered, but will need to articulate very clearly why their academic performance is not reflective of their level of motivation or aptitude.

    Desired Qualifications:
    • Interest in issues of racial justice, American history, human rights, racial inequality, violence and hate crimes, and social justice.
    • Psychological fitness and resilience are important, as subject matter is often disturbing. Having a balanced life and effective coping mechanisms are required.
    • Interest in developing research skills, including archival research, data entry and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
    • Self-motivation, and ability to encourage and build rapport with research team.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Note that members of the research team will be fully trained in all aspects of their responsibilities on the project.
    • Use online genealogical website to search census manuscripts for individuals who were intended lynch victims, and record findings.
    • Maintain electronic case files, for use by project members and in a public access website.
    • Analyze results of other team members’ research, and make recommendations regarding possible matches.
    • Enter data and collaborate with other project team members on data “cleaning.”
    • Adhere to research protocol in all aspects of work.
    • Fully document all aspects of research, including searching and case selection.
    • Participate in research-related discussions with colleagues/team members, including attending weekly meetings, “as needed” smaller group meetings, and communicating via email.
    • Successfully meet project targets (ex: number of cases searched in a week).
    • Other responsibilities may emerge over the course of the project.

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