Claire Laurier Decoteau

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Sociology
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: BSB 4112D Phone: 312-413-3755
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The project should appeal to students interested in racial formations, immigration, the African diaspora, and/or mental illness.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 9

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred sociology major
    Preferred advanced student (third or fourth year)
    Preferred 3.25 GPA or higher

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    I am looking for an undergraduate research assistant to conduct research related to my project that analyzes the ways in which Somali refugee populations make sense of the high rates of autism within their communities. For this project, the student would be analyzing newspaper articles on Somali immigrants in the two cities in which the project is based: Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, ON. Somalis have mostly immigrated to North America from 1991 until the present – the largest group immigrating in 1991 after the collapse of the Barre regime in Somalia. I am interested in understanding the various public discourses which emerge in these two cities as Somali immigrants become a significant minority population. The student will download and code newspaper articles analyzing the ways in which Somalis are represented in these two cities.

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