Amy Kate Bailey

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Sociology
    Title: Associate 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 currently in the final stages of constructing a database using the census records of people who were publicly threatened with lynching, but not actually killed. This involves online archival research, shared decision-making, and documentation.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    No research experience is required -- in fact, this is a training position! Sociology majors or minors are highly preferred, as are history majors, students majoring in one of UIC's racial/ethnic studies departments, or undergraduates earning the social justice minor. Students who are juniors or seniors are also given high levels of consideration. The ability to read cursive is required.

    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 regularly in research-related discussions with colleagues/team members, including attending weekly 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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